WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Purdue Police are hoping for a safer E-scooter and bicycle environment with an enforcement blitz starting Oct. 29. Students reacted to the $50 fine they could receive if they’re caught not abiding the bike and scooter laws.
One Purdue student who often rides her bike to class is concerned about the enforcement not being fair towards walkers who are in designated pathways for bikes and scooters.
“Pedestrians in the bike lane are also a danger to bike riders and so a $50 fine should be implemented across the board not just for bike riders,” she said.
Another Purdue student who likes using bird scooters to get to class said some places on campus don’t have scooter and bike pathways for riders.
“Not everywhere on campus is so convenient to where there's bike lanes everywhere and a lot of the drivers are very hectic, you know, so it's sometimes really dangerous,” he said.
Police Chief John Cox said the blitz is less about punishing students and more about bringing awareness to unsafe riding. He said this blitz is to educate riders.
“The whole idea is the education, the whole idea is safety. I hope that on Monday my officers don't go out there and stop anybody. That would be my goal,” said Cox.
Chief Cox said Purdue Police have received numerous complaints about unsafe motor vehicle operators since E-scooters arrived on campus. The enforcement blitz is an annual practice but this year is the first time police are also addressing E-scooter safety. He said this enforcement blitz is necessary.
“It's clear that we need to get back out there and re-educate the community, bring some attention to something that could be a disaster if they don't follow the rules,” said Chief Cox.
This blitz is also to help them better the transportation accessibility on campus.
“We are tracking everyone that we stop, whether we give them a warning or a ticket but we're tracking.. and the locations and all that,” said Chief Cox.