City Council Reverses Course - No Electric Scooters For Chattanooga; Police Review Committee Approved

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The City Council on Tuesday night reversed course and declined to pass an ordinance allowing electric scooters on city streets.

The council earlier, with the bare minimum of five votes, had voted on first reading to allow the controversial scooters. In favor at the time were In favor were Council members Anthony Byrd, Demetrus Coonrod, Jerry Mitchell, Russell Gilbert and Chairman Erskine Oglesby.

However, on Tuesday night no one made a motion for approval.

Chairman Oglesby then announced the measure died for lack of a second.

Councilman Ken Smith earlier said a "Google search" shows numerous problems with the scooters throughout the country, including a high number of serious accidents.

He said, "I will be keeping my fingers crossed that Chattanooga is not one of those cities in the headlines."

Councilman Darrin Ledford earlier said he admires "the entrepreneurial spirit" of scooter companies, but he said he was swayed by the high number of serious scooter wrecks. He said it was a danger not only to the rider, but to pedestrians.

Councilwoman Carol Berz also said she had concerns. 

Also on Tuesday, the council completed its approval for setting up a new Citizens Police Review Committee.

It will have nine members chosen by the council members.


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