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article imageDrunk Segway driver a first for Norwegian police

By Anne Sewell     Aug 21, 2014 in Technology
Oslo - Police in Norway have had a novel experience as they arrested their very first drunk driver on a Segway machine. The Norwegian government had only recently lifted a ban on the vehicles when the incident occurred.
Originally the Norwegian government banned the two-wheel vehicles because they have a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph), which in Norway would classify them as mopeds. If classified as such, it would be necessary for users to hold a drivers license and wear a helmet, have vehicle registration and insurance. Then the Norwegian Public Roads Administration decided to make them illegal, saying they were unsafe to be used in public. This ban was lifted in July, as officials hoped the vehicles will help "revolutionise traffic patterns."
On Friday, a man was apprehended by police in Oslo, seemingly driving a Segway while under the influence of alcohol. According to Aftenposten, he is probably the first person in Norway to be caught and charged for such a crime.
It seems police had received several calls from people in Tjuvholmen, Oslo, reporting the rather strange behavior of a man, trying to drive a Segway. When they arrived on the scene, police decided that intoxication was probably the reason for the incident. Blood samples were taken from the driver, but as yet the results are unknown.
According to police traffic chief, Finn Erik Grønli, “The man is charged for his driving. The case will be investigated further,” adding a reminder to the public that the alcohol limit in a person's bloodstream is 0.2 per mille and and this also applies to those who ride a Segway.
He said: “I hope that we don't have many drunk people on Segways now. These [vehicles] are to be regarded the same as other vehicles when it comes to drink driving. An accident can result in injuries, both for people and the vehicles.”
Norwegian source:
Aftenposten
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