Campaign for Safety

woman on mobility scooter with dogs

BEING hit by a car while riding his scooter was the catalyst for Wimmera Mobility Group president Geoff Baker to reinvigorate his campaign for community safety.

Mr Baker, of Horsham, has organised a mobility scooter awareness day next week to educate scooter users about traffic dangers and the importance of insurance.

He was crossing the street on his gopher at the intersection of Pynsent and Firebrace streets in Horsham earlier this year when a car reversed into him. ‘‘I went to cross the street and
one car went through, but the next car waved me on so I went into the centre of the road,’’ he said.

‘‘A car parked on the other side of the street backed out into me.’’

Mr Baker said, although he sustained only minor injuries, the incident left him with an $8000 scooter repair bill.

He said the driver’s insurance paid for him to get a new scooter. Mr Baker – who has advocated for scooter safety for years – said the incident made him assess what could have happened if he had
caused the crash.

He said, after some inquires, he realised he did not have third-party insurance on his scooter, which made him vulnerable to hefty costs.

‘‘If I scratch a car with my scooter, it could cost between $5000 and $6000, and I have no cover,’’  he said.

‘‘If I hit someone, I’m not covered.’’

Mr Baker said his insurance only covered if he hurt himself on the scooter or damaged it himself.

‘‘It was a wake-up call,’’ he said.

Mr Baker said the incident was a reminder for drivers and gopher users to be more observant.

‘‘It’s important for all of us to brush up on how to stay safe and to not get complacent when using our scooters to get around,’’ he said.

Mr Baker said the awareness event at Horsham RSL on May 19 would include 10-point safety checks for scooter users. Wimmera Mobility Group, Action Aids Australia and Blue Badge
Insurance will host the event from 10am until 1pm.


This article was sourced from Wimmera Mail Times published on Monday, May 11, 2015 to view similar articles please click here

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