ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Hoverboards continue to gain popularity in the United States, but the faster they sell, the faster universities are turning them down.
The University of New Mexico is aware of the safety concerns regarding hoverboards and that at least 30 colleges across the U.S. have banned them from campus.
According to UNM, students are allowed to have and use them on campus; but that could all change in the next few weeks.
“I think students have a right hoverboards if they want,” Jsaon Kitting said, “I’ll admit I’ve seen accidents but I’ve also seen accidents with bikes.”
University officials have noticed the increase in hoverboards on campus and so have the students.
“They are starting to gain a trend here at UNM,” Justin Nichols said.
“I noticed them fall semester,” Kristen O’Connell said. “I saw a lot of students around on the hoverboard.”
But it’s no so much the accidents universities are concerned with; it’s the fire hazards.
“People who live in the dorms, if they have one, that’s where they’re keeping it and that’s where they’re charging it,” Nichols said. “If they do catch on fire, it could take out the whole room before someone notices, because no one is watching it.”
The university said its safety committee plans to meet in the next few weeks regarding the two-wheeled, motorized scooters. Mopeds and scooters will also be discussed at the meeting.