Mobility safety sessions aim to curb incidents

Mobility scooter
Mobility scooter

FREE mobility scooter safety sessions are to be offered 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, South Yorkshire figures revealed.

Back in 2010 an 88-year-old from Edlington died when a car collided with the back of his scooter and the year before Doncaster youngster Madison McNair, then aged two, was knocked down by a scooter and fell underneath the wheels as she walked along Baxter Gate.

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

South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership has teamed up with Parkgate Mobility to launch the Scooter Safe programme.

The sessions aim 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.”

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