Norway Legalizes Segways, Quickly Makes First DUI Arrest

Oslo cops fear more will follow
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2014 1:03 PM CDT
Norway Legalizes Segways, Quickly Makes First DUI Arrest
File photo of a Segway in action at Los Angeles International Airport.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Norway legalized Segways last month, hoping they would "revolutionize traffic patterns," reports the BBC. But before the revolution comes this: Cops busted a suspected drunken Segway driver who witnesses say was struggling to keep his contraption upright. Police are awaiting blood tests and fearing it won't be an isolated incident. "I really hope we're not risking having lots of drink-drivers on two-wheeled vehicles," says the head of Oslo's traffic police. "These are treated like any other vehicle when it comes to the limit on blood alcohol." The Verge notes that rules in the US aren't as clear cut, citing the case of a Minnesota Segway user charged with DWI who successfully argued that they're not motor vehicles. (More Segway stories.)

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