Electric scooters on sidewalks risky to pedestrians

The “new” electric scooters in Atlanta, as they are being used, can be a hazard. They are motorized vehicles and should be limited to the streets. (I think all “vehicles” are prohibited from sidewalks – which brings bicycles on sidewalks into this discussion.) As a pedestrian, what happens when a rental electric scooter threatens me by zipping by, or strikes me? What happens when I defend myself from imminent injury by one of these vehicles? Were I to dump the illegal operator, who is liable? Who is policing this? Do the user agreements of the electric scooter rental companies stress the liabilities? I’ve been run off sidewalks (and the Path trail) by bicyclists and am very concerned about these electric scooters. I’m not sure what resources we have to ticket violators, but someone is maybe going to be seriously injured.


Sen. Perdue is the one blind to partisanship

Regarding U.S. Sen. David Perdue’s statement in the AJC about the opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court: “That kind of blind partisanship is what the American people find unacceptable about Washington” (“Two Georgians say they’ll vote to confirm Kavanaugh,” News, Aug. 17). Really, Mr. Perdue? Do you even read your own words or, better, think about what you say? Pot, please meet kettle! Perdue hasn’t had an original thought in years; rather, he has been a sycophant for the person in the Oval Office. How I truly hope someone of character will run against Perdue in 2020! Doesn’t matter the party affiliation; just a person in possession of some semblance of integrity, and the ability to think for himself, or herself. Oh, how I fear for our country and truly wonder how uninformed some voters really are when they go to the polls.


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