HOBOKEN — After a third DWI handed out to an electric scooter rider, the city and its partner in the program are stressing the penalties of drinking and riding such a device.

“Lime has a zero tolerance policy for drunk riding. We have previously banned those who have engaged in dangerous and unsafe riding behavior," a Lime spokesperson said, adding that the company works alongside Hoboken police to ensure safe scooter riding.

As reported by Hudson County View, 26-year-old Erin Slavin, of Marlboro, was arrested Sunday and charged with driving an e-scooter while intoxicated, DWI in a school zone and reckless driving, after an officer saw her crash into a vehicle that was leaving a parking space.

A week earlier, 26-year-old Hoboken resident Nicholas Cutrone was arrested after police saw him “visibly unsteady and staggering” on an e-scooter, according to The Jersey Journal. The same report said Cutrone was charged with DWI, reckless driving and refusal to submit to breath samples.

Police Chief Ken Ferrante told Patch that a DWI charge can be filed against an impaired person operating any vehicle or mode of transportation that is not "muscle-powered."

To curb riding while intoxicated, Lime only operates in Hoboken Sunday through Wednesday 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., Thursday until 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m.

Lime also has an in-app pop-up message, seen below, reminding riders to not drink and ride a scooter.

Don't drunk ride pop up message in app (courtesy Lime)
Don't drunk ride pop up message in app (courtesy Lime)

Hoboken first welcomed electric scooters in late May, as Lime rolled out 250 of them as a summertime pilot program.

The first e-scooter DWI arrest in Hoboken was on Aug. 14, as reported by NJ.com, after a rider fell off one.

Other rider education efforts by Lime in Hoboken include hosting bi-weekly First Ride classes to familiarize new riders with the city’s rules and regulations as well has how to safely ride in a guided and low-pressure environment.

Lime also contributes 35 cents per scooter ride to support Hoboken’s Vision Zero program, deploys foot patrol teams to collect mis-parked scooters and has banned more than 100 users from its platform in efforts to address underage riding, tandem or sidewalk riding and other road violations.

A similar electric scooter ride share program kicked off in Asbury Park in August, in partnership with the company, Zagster.

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