By Jennifer Leighfield • 16 November 2020 • 11:48
DOCTORS warn against travelling with children as passengers on electric scooters.
Traumatologists at the Sant Joan de Deu Hospital and Hospital del Mar, in Barcelona, report that one in five minors treated following accidents with electric scooters, was under nine years old.
At the time of the accident, these children were either riding with an adult or got run over when they were walking in the street.
The others, aged between nine and 18, was injured when they fell off or hit another vehicle.
Doctors have alerted families to the importance of using helmets or protection pads, which most of the injured children were not, and to not allow children under 14 to use them as a method of transport.
Despite confinement, electric scooter accidents have risen throughout Spain this year.
For example in Madrid, last year, a scooter accident was reported every other day.
Due to the increasing number of electric scooters on the streets, the General Traffic Department will be tightening measures for handling them.
Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, said that they are “subject to the general traffic regulations, which obliges them to respect the rules like other vehicles”. This will include not riding under the influence of alcohol, not using headphones or mobile phones while riding, not travelling on the pavement or in pedestrian areas.
They will also need a circulation certificate to prove that they comply with technical requirements and cannot travel at more than 25km/h.
Using reflective clothing and other items so the scooter can be seen if riding at night is also recommended.
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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