Scooter sessions could save lives

FREE mobility scooter safety sessions start this month at Rotherham, in a bid to halt potentially fatal accidents.

Recorded figures show that in the last five years across South Yorkshire, there were 28 incidents involving mobility scooters of which 17 involved a fatality or injury.

Many more incidents go unreported, so Scooter Safe aims to teach users how to develop the skills required to drive their machine safely.

There have been numerous incidents around the Dearne involving mobility scooters, that have resulted in bad injuries.

June Petty, 69, was left with a broken pelvis, while husband Ken suffered cuts and bruises after being knocked to the ground near their home by a woman on a mobility scooter, who then drove off.

The Mexborough couple have since called for a change in the law to tighten regulations on use of the scooters.

And one 83-year old woman from Goldthorpe suffered broken bones, a serious eye injury and a fractured cheek bone when her scooter was in collision with a car at Furlong Road.

Launched by South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership and Parkgate Mobility, Scooter Safe is a mix of theory-based and hands-on sessions with attendees using different mobility scooters, or their own machines, to navigate their way around obstacle courses and day-to-day situations.

Pc Mick Hedges said: “The two hour session is designed to be fun and interactive, and is open to users of all ages.

“We aim to explain the lawful requirements and responsibilities of owning a scooter, provide manoeuvrability skills and raise road safety awareness.”

Tracy Simmons of Parkgate Mobility said: “Working with South Yorkshire Police and other members of the Safer Roads Partnership to develop these sessions has provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of mobility scooter safety.”

To book a place on one of the courses contact South Yorkshire Police on 01709 832 455.