The Key Biscayne Police Department, in partnership with Fire Rescue, and Parks & Recreation, has launched the new scooter safety campaign: Scoot Safe.
Scoot Safe is focused on the awareness, education, and enforcement of scooter safety throughout the village for the well-being and enjoyment of our island paradise for all.
“We are rolling out this campaign in a holistic effort to get our message out: scooter safety is about community safety,” Police Chief Frank Sousa said. “We are communicating the dos and don’ts of scooter driving with children but also their parents – so that no one is surprised as we enforce the fines and penalties that come with not obeying the law.”
The task force is currently collaborating with summer camps, businesses, and athletics coaches to educate village youth about how to use electric scooters safely and respectfully within the guidelines set forth by Florida state law.
The first adult class on scooter safety will be offered on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the Police Department Community Room. This is an opportunity for parents and adult scooter riders to learn about applicable laws and penalties.
“We have already been working with the campers at the Key Biscayne Community Center and they were very enthusiastic about our presentation,” Sousa continued. “At the end of the day, we shared flyers with parents and encouraged families to continue the conversation at home and with their friends and neighbors.”
Your police department is currently in the process of laying the groundwork to continue the scooter education and safety awareness campaign at the Key Biscayne K-8 School.
Additionally, the Village is looking for areas to build corral zones at designated areas throughout the Village Green and other open spaces so that scooter drivers have more dedicated spaces to park their scooters.
This July Fourth, the Police and Fire Rescue Departments will host an open house at the Key Biscayne Fire Station to offer educational materials, safety tips and helmets to children.
Some of the fines include the following:
- No helmet for any rider or passenger under 16 years of age $77.50
- Equipment violations, i.e., no lights at night $77.50
- Moving violations $179.00
Working together with the community, we aim to improve safety for all who live, work, and play in Key Biscayne.