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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Crackdown on e-scooters in Townsville

TOWNSVILLE police will conduct a Personal Mobility Device (PMD) operation to reinforce the safety of pedestrians and users in the community as they operate e-scooters and other devices.

The two-day operation led by Highway Patrol officers will include Ross River Road, Charters Towers Road, Townsville City and The Strand.

Highway Patrol Townsville Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Robert Nalder said police want to make sure all path and road users are safe.

“With the increasing popularity of personal mobility devices like e-scooters, we have seen some abhorrent and dangerous behaviour,” he said.

“Some e-scooter riders are putting themselves and others at serious risk of injury and this operation is an opportunity for police to engage with e-scooter riders and issue fines if necessary.

“If you’re speeding on a PMD and you crash, you could seriously injure yourself or a pedestrian.

“This is why we have penalties for unsafe behaviour and why police enforce these rules.”

Using your phone on a PMD could see a $1,161 penalty while speeding could earn you a fine of up to $619 and if you drink and ride, you could be facing a court appearance.

“As the rider, it is your responsibility to ride with due care and attention on a road-related area, such as a footpath, bike path or shared path,” Snr Sgt Nalder said.

“If you ride a PMD, learn the rules – wear a fastened helmet, do not ride on roads where the speed limit is over 50km per hour and one person per scooter, no doubling.

“Do not ride a scooter under the influence of drugs or alcohol and obey the speed limit, which is 25km per hour on roadways and 12km per hour on footpaths.

“Riders must ride with care around other path users and if are they involved in a collision, they should remain at the scene, call an ambulance if necessary and exchange details.”

For more personal mobility device rules head here.

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: CQU calls out for community collaborations and Skatepark to undergo redevelopment.

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