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Man caught drink-driving with an e-scooter given lengthy ban and a fine

A MAN has been disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £380 after admitting driving an e-scooter in Bridgwater while above the legal alcohol limit.

The man, who is in his 30s, blew more than twice the legal limit in a roadside breath test after being stopped riding the scooter on Taunton Road last month’

He appeared at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Friday (June 18) when he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

In addition to the ban and fine he will also have to pay court costs of £85.

PC Ryan Burr of Avon and Somerset police said: “E-scooters are classified as motor vehicles for the purposes of law.

“As such, regardless of whether they are used on a road, pavement or public place, anyone who decides to ride one when above the legal alcohol limit risks the same consequences as if they were to get behind the wheel of a car.

“E-scooters may not be capable of driving at high speeds but in the hands of someone impaired by alcohol they can still present a danger to other road users and pedestrians.”

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