Scooter citations skyrocketed in May

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The long arm of the law has come for scooter riders in West Hollywood — and according to residents who are fed up with their reckless driving habits, it’s about damn time.

LASD deputies issued 23 citations to riders of electric scooters and bikes last month — by far the most tickets the sheriffs have ever written in one month. Only three citations had been issued all this year before the enforcement surge in May. 

Pedestrians and motorists have long complained that WeHo’s scooter riders — particularly customers of city service provider Bird (and formerly Lime) — break the rules of the road with impunity, running stop signs, riding on sidewalks and creating obstacles by parking their devices poorly.

There were two reported collisions involving scooters in May, as well as five crashes between vehicles and pedestrians and/or vehicles and bicycles. Overall, total traffic reports decrease significantly from April to May.  Melrose Avenue continues to be the street where most citations are issued. 

Total arrests (130) were also notably higher than in April (107). The sheriff fielded 105 more calls for service. Their response times held steady, including a 3.2-minute average for emergency calls. 

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Pickpocketers in WeHo continue to evade capture, with only one arrest made all year. There were 39 reported incidents in May and 40 the month prior.

While there were slightly more Part I crimes reported in May than in April, there were fewer instances of theft in around a dozen categories. WeHo’s West Side was home to the majority of both Part I and Part II crimes in the city.

Of 103 homeless people who were offered support services by deputies, only one accepted.

 
  Calls for Service Observations Felony Arrests Misdemeanor Arrests Total Arrests
January 2024 1,594 1,473 43 65 108
February 2024 1,490 1,372 34 55 89
March 2024 1,639 1,335 22 52 74
April 2024 1,610 1,512 29 78 107
May 2024 1,715 1,476 39 91 130
Change (+/-) 105 -36 10 13 23

 
  Response Emergency
(Time)
Response Emergency
(Incidents)
Response Priority
(Time)
Response Priority (Incidents) Response Routine
(Time)
Response Routine
(Incidents)
January 2024 3.5 75 9.1 319 30.7 1,183
February 2024 3.9 63 9.8 313 28.3 1083
March 2024 3.7 76 9.8 356 30.6 1167
April 2024 3.6 88 8.6 381 27.5 1106
May 2024 3.7 86 8.8 460 26.4 1113
Change (+/-) 0.1 -2 0.2 79 -1.1 7

 
Pickpockets Thefts Arrests
January 2024 30 1
February 2024 33 0
March 2024 35 0
April 2024 40 0
May 2024 39 0

 
  DUI arrests Traffic reports Vehicle vs. pedestrians Vehicle vs. bicycle Scooters/e-bikes accidents Scooter citations
January 2024 3 67 1 0 0 0
February 2024 5 41 3 0 0 1
March 2024 1 71 3 0 0 2
April 2024 2 79 0 2 0 0
May 2024 8 55 2 3 2 23
Change (+/-) 6 -24 2 1 2 23

 
HOMELESS January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024
Contacts Made 90 132 126 102 103
Services Offered 87 131 120 102 103
Services Accepted 3 2 3 8 1

 
PART 1 CRIME January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 +/-
Homicide 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rape 0 4 2 3 0 -3
Aggravated Assault 15 7 9 12 11 -1
Domestic -1 1 2 0 0 0
ADW Gun 2 0 1 1 2 1
ADW Knife 1 2 1 5 0 -5
ADW Other Weapon 11 2 2 5 5 0
ADW Hands, Fist, Feet 2 1 3 1 4 3
ADW Peace Officer 0 1 0 0 0 0
ADW Child 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 10 5 6 8 8 0
Armed Street Robbery 1 2 2 3 4 1
Armed Robbery – All others 2 1 2 1 2 1
Strong Arm Street Robbery 5 1 3 2 2 0
Strong Arm Robbery – All others 2 1 -1 2 0 -2
Burglary 36 20 30 25 21 -4
Residential Burglary 10 9 13 9 7 -2
Other Burglary 26 11 17 16 14 -2
Other Burglary – Business 11 3 7 7 6 -1
Other Burglary – Mailrooms 8 4 6 1 5 4
Other Burglary – Secure Garages 6 4 3 6 3 -3
Other Burglary – All Others 1 0 1 2 0 -2
Theft from Motor Vehicles 19 29 21 25 32 7
Vehicle Burglary 14 26 13 14 13 -1
Grand Theft Unlocked Vehicle 3 3 3 5 9 4
Petty Theft Unlocked Vehicle 2 0 2 3 4 1
Grand Theft Vehicle Parts 0 0 3 3 5 2
Petty Theft Vehicle Parts 0 0 0 0 1 1
Shoplifting 14 14 23 12 18 6
Armed Estes Robbery 0 0 1 0 2 2
Strong Arm Estes Robbery 0 0 2 1 1 0
Grand Theft Shoplifting 6 5 14 7 3 -4
Petty Theft Shoplifting 8 9 6 4 12 8
Other Theft 89 54 67 88 87 -1
Grand Theft Pickpocket 9 13 7 14 15 1
Grand Theft Bike 4 0 3 1 3 2
Petty Theft Bike 2 0 0 0 0 0
Grand Theft from Buildings / Other 4 5 16 12 18 6
Petty Theft from Buildings / Other 69 35 41 61 51 -10
Locker Burglary 1 1 0 0 0 0
Auto Theft 21 15 16 10 10 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 204 148 174 183 188 5

 
PART II CRIME January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024 May 2024 Change (+/-)
FORGERY 0 0 0 3 0 -3
FRAUD 14 9 5 10 6 -4
IDENTITY THEFT 0 3 5 1 4 3
SEX OFFENSES ‐ FELONIES 1 0 0 0 1 1
SEX OFFENSES ‐ MISDEMEANOR 6 1 0 2 3 1
ASSAULT, NON‐AGGRAVATED 20 13 20 27 29 2
ASSAULT ON PEACE OFFICER 2 2 0 1 2 1
DOMESTIC ASSAULT, NON‐AGGRAVATED 11 8 7 9 10 1
WEAPON LAWS 1 1 3 6 1 -5
DEFRAUDING INN KEEPER 4 2 2 2 1 -1
OFFENSES AGAINST FAMILY 0 0 0 0 0 0
FELONY SALE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 0 2 0 0 2 2
UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTIC 2 3 5 0 3 3
FELONY POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 0 1 0 2 0 -2
MISDEMEANOR POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 4 1 3 8 8 0
FOUND NARCOTICS 0 0 0 2 2 -2
LIQUOR LAWS 0 0 0 0 0 0
DRUNK 6 6 3 6 2 -3
DISODERLY CONDUCT 1 1 1 0 1 1
VAGRANCY 0 1 0 0 0 0
GAMBLING 0 0 0 0 0 0
DRUNK DRIVING 3 5 1 2 6 -1
VEHICLE LAWS ‐ MISDEMEANOR HIT AND RUN 29 22 22 34 20 -12
VEHICLE LAWS ‐ FELONY HIT AND RUN 4 3 4 2 2 2
VEHICLE / BOATING LAWS MISDEMEANOR 16 15 13 11 6 2
VEHICLE / BOATING LAWS FELONY 0 1 0 1 0 -1
VANDALISM ‐ MISDEMEANOR 9 5 10 9 10 1
VANDALISM ‐ FELONY 20 13 19 16 22 3
VANDALISM ‐ GRAFFITI / TAGGING 2 1 1 1 1 0
RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY 0 0 0 0 0 0
FEDERAL OFFENSES 1 0 0 2 0 -2
FELONIES ‐ MISCELLANEOUS 4 4 10 4 4 0
MISDEMEANORS, MISCELLANEOUS: TRESPASSING 1 0 0 1 2 1
MISDEMEANORS, MISCELLANEOUS: ALL OTHERS 12 7 0 3 6 3
TOTAL 173 130 134 165 154 -11

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CHLOE ROSS
CHLOE ROSS
20 days ago

I have lived here for over 35 years. My reflections on the city are that we are “FAD MAD”. If something is’ new and cool’ and it has to be “new and cool” we gotta have it! No trial runs, no due diligence. Just get some and be something the “IN” folks consider the next new thing(they don’t live here, BTW) who follow every trend and get mentioned!!!! And we do get mentioned…eventually.. as the easily influenced. Not the “influencers” we strive so hard to be! We do it over and over again. Our city does not age well. By… Read more »

08mellie
08mellie
20 days ago
Reply to  CHLOE ROSS

Chole,

You are so right! We should rename WH from The Creative City to the Tik- Tok CIty. FADS. Playa Del Rey revoked the road diets as these created more traffic and idling cars polluting the air and causing undue anxiety on the citizenry. Maybe Erickson & the alleged (ahem) Byers will WOKE up, not a typo.

JESS Kalinowsky
JESS Kalinowsky
20 days ago

Scooters are just plain dangerous, to the rider and to pedestrians, because so many of the riders simply do not care about anyone but themselves whilst zooming through streets and on sidewalks.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
25 days ago

Was the honorary titular mayor among those cited when he was seen riding on the sidewalk without a helmet?

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Is there any evidence this actually happened? Where is the evidence besides a comment on a website?

08mellie
08mellie
20 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Eyewitness. Saw Erickson in all of his pink hair ripping down SMB west bound. No helmet need just the SEE ME WITH PINK HAIR BECAUSE I NEED ATTENTION AND TO PROVE I PUT MY MONEY WHERE MY MOUTH IS.

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
25 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

I’m sure he was not cited…but we’ve both seen the photo! And he was definitely on the sidewalk and without a helmet! oh, and that pink T-shirt he was wearing was not flattering at all!

Benjamin Story
Benjamin Story
24 days ago
Reply to  Mikie Friedman

Scooter riders are not legally required to wear a helmet.

Here are the California scooter laws: https://www.facebook.com/WestHollywoodSheriffsStation/photos/a.153867804753725/1185088994964929/?type=3&theater

08mellie
08mellie
20 days ago
Reply to  Mikie Friedman

Mikie,

I saw him with the pink hair. Just advertising his commitment and to get attention. Fountain Avenue is going to be a traffic disaster and I hope the County puts a stop to his egotistic pet project of his. We never get a true count of cycle usage. Progressives do not care about our safety and I admire you so much for speaking out.

WehoQueen
WehoQueen
26 days ago

Not even 1 citation per day is considered “skyrocketing”? The pro scooter mafia on the council is having a good laugh over this article.

Robert Steloff
26 days ago

BRAVO for the WHSD & the required enforcement, it’s about time for all concerned!! That said, I’m all for the use of scooters as I own one myself, they just need to be used the way in which they were intended. They are dangerous, and made more dangerous by reckless riders having a free-for-all at the expense of citizens. Given their newest iterations, they are heavy, fast, & are vehicles, fun as they may be!

Happiest for Mikey, this should give her some satisfaction regarding the scooter issue.

BloodshotEyedGuy
BloodshotEyedGuy
26 days ago

The biggest crime is that if you’re over five years old, you just look silly on a scooter. Grow up and buy a car or take the bus. Can’t afford it? Get a second job, because adults on scooters just look moronic and are a huge nuisance, especially when they’re riding these toys on our sidewalks.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
26 days ago

They look fine. Go to most European cities and you will see plenty of people using scooters, bikes, rollerblades.

Some people actively choose not to drive a car- I know you will never get this idea through you thick skull but it’s true!

It seems like you are the one that needs to grow up. You’re stuck in some weird 1980’s time warp and you cannot accept change.

sdfsdf
sdfsdf
26 days ago

This is the city’s goal 🙂 once the homeless housing opens by CVS numbers will skyrocket even higher that will in turn build a case for an expansion of the said project. I wonder if Weho Bistro is already looking for new space…

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
26 days ago

It’s about damn time that they started finally citing scooter riders! And were the citations only for the riders? What about riders who abandon the scooters in pedestrians’ way? It still isn’t enough, but it’s a start, and I hope it continues! Meanwhile, when is the city going to start putting up large visible signs telling people “no scooter riding on the sidewalk” rather than those pathetic sidewalk stencils? Interestingly, one of my friends took a picture of our mayor on his scooter, and he was on the sidewalk! And also regarding blocking pedestrians, our mayor is also shown in… Read more »

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
26 days ago
Reply to  Mikie Friedman

Thats great he is championing the use of scooters and delivery robots!

I’m glad we have him as a mayor.

why?
why?
25 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Your snarky comments are very off-putting. I feel sorry for you.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
25 days ago
Reply to  why?

How is my comment snarky? Please explain.

Am I allowed to have my opinion on scooters?

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