South Yorkshire safety project wins award

A South Yorkshire road safety initiative has won an award for its work around road safety involving mobility scooters.

The Scooter Safe project was developed by South Yorkshire Police as part of the wider South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and helps to highlight owners’ lawful responsibilities and obligations whilst using their machines.

Users also undergo a series of practical scenarios which help them to understand their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to how they handle their machines and more importantly, how they interact with other road and pavement users.

The South Yorkshire Police ‘Leaders In Action’ awards recognised Scooter Safe for its partnership working, alongside leading South Yorkshire mobility providers Parkgate Mobility, and through work at the Lifewise Centre based in Hellaby, Rotherham.

Joanne Wehrle, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Education Manager said: “As part of the work of the Safer Roads Partnership our partners develop a full range of interventions and education packages for all types of road users to help keep people safer on South Yorkshire roads. It’s pleasing to note how well this initiative has been received by all those who have attended and highlights the excellent work that the partnership as a whole undertakes towards helping to maintain the momentum in reducing road casualties.”

Presented by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, the award recognised the outstanding contribution and commitment to partnership working, raising awareness of road safety issues amongst mobility scooter users.

The project has been running for over 12 months now and so far 136 scooter users have attended a safety session both at the Lifewise centre and at various locations within the community.

Margaret Lawson, Acting Head of South Yorkshire Police Community Safety Department said: “Lifewise is a unique learning facility with safety and life choices at its core. Within an immersive learning environment, the Centre delivers a range of programmes and activities which impact on, and are influenced by, the broad safer roads agenda. I am really pleased that the hard work and efforts of everyone involved in activity at the centre and our innovative approach to addressing safety issues have been acknowledged with this award.”

The sessions continue to be delivered at the Lifewise centre and are provided free of charge by South Yorkshire Police in association with Parkgate Mobility.

Sessions can also be held, subject to suitability, within the community as part of an outreach session.

Individuals or groups wishing to attend a session or have one held within their own community can contact Lifewise reception by telephoning 01709 832455 or e-mailing scooter.safe@southyorks.pnn.police.uk