Everyone is excited that Lubbock is stepping into the present, with ride-share Bird Scooters finally appearing around town. But you should be aware of a very important rule of these scooters too, or you might end up in jail.

The Bird Scooters are a great thing, especially around campus for Texas Tech students. I remember one of the hardest parts about getting to class on time when I went to Tech was how far apart your classes could be, and the buses were always jam-packed. I would have to walk close to a mile sometimes in under 10 minutes, and that's not that easy. So it's cool that the scooters popped up across campus.

However, you need to realize that since these are electric scooters, they are vehicles that should be operated on the streets, and not the sidewalks. And since they have to be operated on the streets, they are also subject to all applicable vehicle laws in Texas.

What I'm getting at is, if you hit the bar after class or work and drink too much and then hop on one of these scooters, you could be arrested for a DUI. Yes, these vehicles are included in the laws when operating under the influence. I mean, if people can go to jail for DUI while riding a horse, you know they'll arrest you on an electric scooter, too.

So play it safe and don't shoot and scoot. Stay safe, and out of jail!

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