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Cabrini Hospital’s Emergency Department offers three easy steps to ensure the safety of e-scooter riders this Easter long weekend


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As more people take to the roads this Easter, Cabrini Hospital’s Director of Emergency, Dr Ian Turner extends a heartfelt reminder about e-scooter safety. Safety on the roads is of utmost importance, especially during this extended holiday weekend. To minimise the number of accidents involving e-scooters during the extended holiday weekend, Dr Turner shares his three easy step safety plan.

E-scooters have become more popular as a convenient mode of transportation, but Dr Turner does recommend caution with their use.

In 2023, a local study published in Emergency Medicine Australia highlighted a noticeable increase in e-scooter-related incidents, particularly among the 23 to 35 age group. Dr Turner emphasised that, “up to a third of riders don’t wear a helmet, and when they injure themselves trauma to the face and limbs are among the most common presentations.”

The study serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of protective measures and responsible riding. “The key to e-scooter safety is wearing a helmet and being aware of our surroundings,” says Dr Turner.

E-scooter accidents are causing an increase in trauma cases, especially when alcohol is involved. Apart from following the law, you should take care of yourself and others. You should never ride under the influence of alcohol, and you should always wear a helmet while riding. “Simple actions can make a huge difference,” Dr Turner emphasises.

As the Easter celebrations bring more people onto the roads, Dr Turner encourages everyone to look out for one another. “Let’s make our communities safer together. This means being vigilant, adhering to traffic laws, and wearing safety gear while riding e-scooters,” he says.

E-scooter safety in three easy steps

To reduce the risk of e-scooter accidents and injuries, Dr Turner advises us to follow these three easy steps:

Step 1. Avoid riding e-scooters under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Riding e-scooters under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and dangerous. Impaired riding abilities can lead to accidents and injuries. Please prioritise the safety of yourself and others by riding responsibly. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.

Step 2. Wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet is an essential safety measure while riding e-scooters. It helps protect your head in case of an accident or fall. Ensure the helmet meets all the necessary regulations and is fitted securely.

Step 3. Avoid evening rides: Evening roads can be more hazardous due to reduced visibility and increased traffic. By avoiding evening rides, you can reduce your risk of accidents and collisions. Plan your e-scooter trips during the daytime when visibility is better and traffic is lighter.

“By practicing responsible riding and being aware of our choices, we can enjoy the festivities while minimising risks. This Easter, let’s keep safety in mind,” added Dr Turner.