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In recent years, electric kickboardshave rapidly emerged as a means of personal transportation with a growing number of users.
For example, we can easily find many students who ride electric kickboards on campus.
As the use of electric kickboards have increased, accidents of electric kickboards have also surged along with their popularity.
On October 24, 2020, an electric kickboard accident occurred on another university campus, causing the student to become unconscious.
According to the Consumer Risk Monitoring System (CISS) that reports electric kickboard safety accidents for the past three years and 11 months from 2017 to November 2020, people in their 20s and 30s account for a growing proportion of the accidents Among the total cases , the most accidents were caused by speeding and poor driving skills such as hitting guardrails , tripping over speed bumps and sinkholes, and falling on unpaved roads.
Furthremore, electric kickboards that are indiscriminately parked on the road block traffic, which in turns leads to accidents.
The Road Traffic Act was amended in order to solve the problems.
In the revisionannounced on June 9 and implemented in October 2020, personal motorcycles that have been through the safety examination can only pass on bicycle roads.
If you drive an electric kickboard after drinking, you will be fined 30,000 won and 100,000 won if you do not comply with the drinking test.
In addition, they can be used without a license.
But aged 13 years or younger can not use electric kickboard, use of shared electric kickboards is limited to those aged 18 or older
In places of passage, sidewalk driving shall not be allowed, and bicycle paths shall be used, and in the absence of bicycle paths, the area on the edge of the road shall be used.
It is also illegal for two people to ride an electric kickboard with a single passenger seat and for not wearing a safety helmet while driving.
In addition, there are safety measures such as driving at less than 20 km/h per hour and having to ride alone.
As the number of users of electric kickboards has increased, we should pay attention to safety regulations by following the revised bill.
By Park, Jiyeon & Kim, Jieun, Reporters
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