NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The clock is ticking on the deadline for scooters in Nashville.

Two weeks have passed since a fatal scooter accident that prompted an ultimatum from Mayor David Briley.

“I think that's safety concerns are justified,” Lime Operations Manager Lilli Krauss said.

The electric scooter company announced a plan to launch new safety features for riders Tuesday.

“Safety is our major investment, so we understand the mayor's concerns,” Krauss said.

In a letter to Nashville’s seven scooter companies, Briley gave a 30-day notice for a safety solution, before they’re banned. Lime is the first scooter company to make its case to the city.

Four new safety features include an in-app ID scan to ensure the rider is at least 18, an in-app sobriety verification, increased foot patrols dedicated to corralling scooters and scooter education classes.

The sobriety verification includes a notification reminding riders it is illegal to scoot under the influence, and a typing test; a rider must be able to correctly type “yes” in response to the app’s question “Are you safe to ride?”

“We hope that'll curve some drunk scooting behavior,” Krauss said.

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Rebecca Cardenas is a Murrow-award winning journalist who joined News4 as a reporter in September 2017. She currently covers the court systems in Middle Tennessee.

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