Scooter riders must take responsibility for their safety

RACQ has urged riders to take care while using electronic scooters, after a spate of injuries.

The Brisbane Times reported paramedics had treated 80 people for Lime scooter related injuries in the past two months.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said e-scooters were fundamentally safe if used correctly.

“Riders need to take responsibility for themselves and those they interact with on the footpaths and bike paths,” Mr Spalding said.

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“Unfortunately, we see some e-scooter users going too fast, swerving dangerously between pedestrians and not wearing a helmet. In Queensland, a helmet is a requirement and provides essential head protection in a fall or crash.

“If you’re speeding, you have less time to react to a situation, and put not only yourself at risk but also put pedestrians near you at risk of serious injury.

“As with any other form of transport, it comes down to safe and sensible behaviour.”