COP: “A Dead Kid Is A Dead Kid. It Doesn’t Matter Who Is At Fault.”
Palm Beach County Spring Break Starts Now.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The increasing popularity of children riding electric scooters without supervision is leading area law enforcement to urge motorists to be extra cautious as they drive through communities. Spring Break is now underway for public schools, and most private schools, in Palm Beach County. That means kids could be darting out from streets and sidewalks at any point during the day.
“We continue to be very concerned about kids on motorized scooters who are riding unsupervised,” said an area law enforcement official. “Regardless of whether it’s legal or not legal to ride these things in the street, it’s just a matter of time before a car wipes out a kid who is paying no attention to traffic. And it is not necessarily going to be the motorist’s fault.”
Although prohibited in many gated communities across Palm Beach County, parents are still buying electric scooters for their young children, then permitting them to ride unsupervised. Police are noticing. BocaNewsNow.com has learned that residents in several communities, including St. Andrews, Polo Club, Mizner, Dakota, Boca Bridges, New Floresta, and many ungated neighborhoods have all had residents express concern to police or community security forces.
“No one is saying that kids shouldn’t play,” said a law enforcement source. “People are truly concerned that kids are going to be critically injured because they don’t appreciate that an electric scooter at 15 miles per hour requires time to stop. This isn’t the sort of thing where you think you’re moving fast, put your foot down, and stop. This is a motorized vehicle. You really are moving fast.”
Several gated communities across Palm Beach County have banned the scooters, but have not enforced the ban. A member of a South Palm Beach County country club’s board of directors, who asked not to be named, said, “it’s very much a problem, but so is telling parents that their children can’t play. We can only hope that parents are smart enough to supervise their children when giving them something with a motor. We truly fear that a child is going to speed in front of a car and get hit.”
“A dead kid is a dead kid,” said our law enforcement source. “It doesn’t matter who is at fault. And if a child on an electric scooter unexpectedly darts out in front of a moving car in a street, the driver of that car is almost certainly not at fault.”
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