Friday, May 19, 2006

Scoot Smart, Scoot Safe!

Scooter accident kills 57 year old man.

A man was killed and his 4 1/2-year-old grandson was injured on Thursday when the grandfather lost control of the motor scooter the two were riding, Las Vegas police said.

"It was a poor choice of driving," said Detective Dennis Magill of the Las Vegas police's fatal traffic detail.

Neither the driver nor his grandson was wearing a helmet.

Magill said the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m., when the grandfather was driving the 150cc motor scooter eastbound on Maule Avenue with his grandson sitting in front of him.

The man made a u-turn in the middle of the street, lost control, and both he and his grandson were thrown from the scooter. The grandfather slammed headfirst into a fire hydrant on the sidewalk and sustained fatal injuries, Magill said.

"There's a good chance a helmet would have saved his life," he said.

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Like anything in life, scootering and motorcycling involves risks. As they teach you in the MSF Rider Courses, responsible riders must minimize these risks. Wear a helmet, wear gloves, wear an armoured jacket and pants, follow the rules of the road, take the MSF course.

Scoot smart, scoot safe, always wear a helmet.

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