Safety sessions on mobility scooters

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FREE mobility scooter safety sessions are to be offered to people in the Dearne Valley following a spate of injuries and deaths involving the vehicles.

In the last five years 28 incidents were recorded and in 17 of those people were either killed or injured in South Yorkshire, figures revealed.

Former Barnsley East and Mexborough MP Jeff Ennis has since been fighting for tighter laws on the use of the vehicles.

In an attempt to tackle the problem, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership has now teamed up with Parkgate Mobility to launch the Scooter Safe programme.

The sessions are aimed at teaching mobility scooter users about the legal requirements of owning and using a scooter and the skills required to drive their machine safely.

The course involves a mixture of theory and practical learning using scooters to navigate their way around a series of obstacle courses.

PC Mick Hedges said: “The aim of the project is to help South Yorkshire residents with mobility issues to maintain their independence whilst enhancing their own safety and confidence on our roads and other public areas.”

Tracy Simmons, of Parkgate Mobility, added: “Working with South Yorkshire Police to develop these sessions has provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mobility scooter safety.

“The Lifewise Centre at Hellaby provides an ideal setting to run these sessions in a safe, managed environment that represents a range of conditions that a scooter user could expect to face on the high street.”

Dates for the sessions have not yet been set but those interested in attending should call police on 01709 832455 or email scooter.safe@southyorks.pnn.police.uk