Norwegian fined $8,000 for driving e-scooter while drunk

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A Norwegian court has fined a 40-year-old woman more than $8,000 for driving an electric scooter under the influence of alcohol.

She was caught weaving down a deserted street late one June night in the center of the south-western city of Stavanger and arrested.

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The human resources worker was found to have 1.4 grams of alcohol in her blood, way over the local limit of 0.5 grams per liter.

Courts in Norway, where E-scooters fall in the same category as other motorized vehicles, usually jail drunken drivers and set fines at one and a half times the defendant’s monthly salary.

The court at Sandnes, just south of Stavanger, showed leniency with the 80,000-kroner fine, after the prosecution called for a 93,000 kroner penalty, and also suspended a two-week jail sentence.

“The court stresses that the defendant drove only for a few minutes and that there were no other vehicles or pedestrians in the area,” Tuesday’s verdict said.

“There is no evidence that it was a dangerous situation,” the judge added noting the woman admitted her guilt and that an electric scooter can cause less damage than a car or a motorbike.

The woman will have to pass another driving test after an 18-month suspension.

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