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Purdue Police pleased with scooter-blitz results

Police said through the two-week blitz they saw an increase in students abiding by the bike and scooter laws

Posted: Nov. 18, 2018 9:08 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- It's a week after the Purdue scooter-blitz that began Oct. 29 and police are pleased with students response.

The blitz came after the invasion of e-scooters and the additional traveling congestion they were causing on campus. No tickets were issued but more than 250 riders did receive a warning.

Purdue police said this blitz gave them a chance to really look at the problem areas causing the most traffic. Police Chief John Cox said at the the two weeks he saw an increase in students abiding by the bike and scooter laws.

“During the two week blitz, we seemed to see more students on bikes and more students on scooters beginning to stop at the stop signs and adhering to the laws,” said Cox.

Cox said this was not only a beneficial experience for e-riders and bikers but also vehicle motorists.

“I think our motorists were appreciative of the fact that we were out there and I think that what we all have to realize is that we all have to be in this space so we all need to share,” said Cox.

The blitz happens bi-annually but this is the first time the university has had to address e-scooters.

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