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Werribee’s Mobility Scooter Users Speed Down Watton St Footpaths – Locals Concerned

Residents along Watton Street in Werribee have raised concerns over the increasing number of mobility scooter users traveling at excessive speeds on public footpaths. The issue has sparked safety worries among pedestrians and nearby businesses, prompting calls for stricter regulations and enforcement. More than 4,500 people were admitted to hospital for a possible mobility scooter-related injury between 2011–12 and 2015–16,

Watton Street, a bustling commercial area known for its shops and eateries, has become a hotspot for mobility scooter users. While these devices serve as vital aids for individuals with mobility limitations, recent reports suggest that some users are operating them at speeds that pose risks to pedestrians and themselves.

According to a study released in 2019 by the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare more than 4,500 people were admitted to hospital for a possible mobility scooter-related injury between 2011–12 and 2015–16, including 121 cases involving a pedestrian who was injured in a collision with a mobility scooter.

Local resident Sarah Jenkins expressed her concerns, stating, “I’ve seen several instances where mobility scooters zip past pedestrians at alarming speeds. It’s not just a safety issue but also makes it difficult for people to navigate the footpaths comfortably.”

Business owners along Watton Street have also voiced their worries about the situation. Michael Thompson, owner of a café situated along the street, emphasized the need for measures to address the speeding issue.

“We welcome everyone in our community, including mobility scooter users, but safety must come first. It’s crucial for authorities to take action before an accident occurs,” Thompson said.

Proposed Solution – Mobility Scooter Limits In Werribee

One proposed solution involves implementing stricter speed limits for mobility scooters in public areas. Additionally, there have been suggestions to enhance education and awareness campaigns to promote responsible scooter usage among the community.

While mobility scooters offer significant benefits in enhancing mobility and independence for individuals with disabilities or mobility impairments, ensuring their safe operation in public spaces remains a priority.

A study at the Royal Melbourne hospital revealed it had seen 247 riders and nine pedestrians present to the emergency department due to e-scooters crashes in 2022

As discussions continue, residents hope for effective measures to mitigate the risks associated with speeding mobility scooters on Watton Street and ensure a safer environment for everyone in the community.

Matthew Giannelis
Matthew Giannelis
Matthew is the chief editor of the Werribee News and Tech Business News based in Melbourne Australia. After contracting in the IT world as a systems engineer his career turned to journalism
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