WUFT News

Recent scooter accident raises safety concerns

By on February 1st, 2013

Scooters are commonplace in Gainesville, especially near the University of Florida campus, but a recent scooter accident has raised awareness about scooter safety in the Gainesville community.

On Tuesday night, a 51-year-old woman was seriously injured after being thrown from her scooter when a motorist tried to turn into a gas station and collided with her scooter, according to Gainesville.com. The accident occurred on North Main Street.

She was not wearing a helmet, according to Gainesville Police spokesman Ben Tobias.

UF student Emily Dhondt still rides her scooter despite a past accident, but she said she worries about others who haven’t learned the hard way about wearing a helmet.

“When you’re going out with your friends or if you’re about to have a full day of school and you don’t want to mess your hair up, it doesn’t seem like a priority until you’ve been in an accident,” Dhondt said.

A large number of students drive their scooters to and from campus every day, but sharing the streets with cars and buses can make driving them dangerous.

According to Florida state law, those over the age of 21 are not required to wear helmets while operating a motor scooter.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sherry French says those older than 21 are able to make the choice based on their rights as adults.

“I think they’re of an age where they can make that decision better on their own and that they, you know, understand the problems that they’re gonna have,” French said.

Despite the law, Dhont doesn’t believe all riders should wear helmets, no matter what age they are.

Emily Stanton edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

The drop box for letters to Santa stands at the left entrance of the Gainesville Post Office. Mail handlers check the drop box for submissions four to five times a day.

Operation Santa Seeks Benefactors

Gainesville Post Office participates in the Santa Operation program for the first time. The program started receiving letters from across the country starting Dec. 2, and it will match the benefactors until Monday.


Alachua County migrant children receive gifts from the Angel Tree charity project last Christmas. 

Photo courtesy of Alachua County Multi-County Migrant Education program.

Angel Tree Shines Light On Migrant Families

The Angel Tree Charity Project helps make sure struggling migrant families have a normal Christmas. Hundreds of families are helped with the charity project.


Newnans Lake, shown here near 7400 E. University Ave., in Gainesville, Fla.

Alachua County Receives Florida’s 36th State Forest

The 1,000-plus acres of diverse land west of Newnans Lake in Gainesville will provide bicycle and hiking trails for the public in spring 2015.


The Rerun team prepares 233 shoes to ship to Native American reservations in South Dakota later in December.

Old Shoes Find New Life Thanks to Oak Hall

“We started off as a drop off spot where people could bring old shoes when they bought a new pair, or bring back a defective pair,” Carillo said. “It grew more and more through word of mouth, and now people know to bring their shoes to us.”


A Bread of the Mighty Food Bank employee stocks the warehouse shelves with dry food donated by a local grocery.

Florida Food Banks Suffer As State Grant Runs Out

As the number of food insecure households rise, local food banks see a rapid decline in food supply from Florida’s government grant program.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments