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Surgeons speak out after influx of alcohol-related e-scooter injuries

Almost one quarter of people presenting to Auckland Hospital following an e-scooter injury had alcohol in their systems, according to new research.

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A group of surgeons at the hospital say e-scooters have increased pressure on Auckland’s health resources. Source: 1 NEWS

Figures show 180 people were admitted to the hospital's emergency department in the first 19 weeks the scooters were on the city's roads.

A group of surgeons at the hospital say e-scooters have increased pressure on the city's health resources and better regulation is needed, including a zero-alcohol limit, speed limits and mandatory helmet use.

The research was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

Lead author Dr Anna Brownson said speed regulations for e-scooters should be considered.