If you own an e-scooter or know someone who does, then you better listen up.
In February this year, the Active Mobility Advisory Panel (AMAP) proposed that all e-scooters must be registered.
The proposal has been accepted by the Government and all owners will have to register their vehicles starting from the second half of the year.
This is not the authorities trying to find something to do out of boredom. In fact, the number of e-scooter accidents is on the rise.
For the first nine months of 2017, there were 110 cases of them.
The numbers did not seem to have any effect on the riders.
I have compiled the different cases that were reported on the news this year (the accident might happen earlier, though). Please bear in mind that it’s only April.
1. Mr Right
This accident happened on November 14 last year at Woodlands Ave 4.
According to Stomp, the eight-year-old boy was walking home after school ended with his father and a friend.
They saw 22-year-old Du Aiwen coming in their direction on an e-scooter. His wife was also on the vehicle.
The trio stepped towards the left side of the pathway to let them pass, which was the right thing to do.
Mr Du, however, stepped on the accelerator and sped towards them.
Right when he was about to pass the group, the young victim stepped towards the right.
You guessed it – he collided head-on with the vehicle and was thrown two metres away, before landing head-first, according to his father.
Du and his wife were also thrown on the ground from the impact.
Instead of checking if he was alright, Du came to him and scolded the boy instead.
“Why did you block my way?”
The boy’s father, Mr Wu, was taken aback by his words.
He was about to talk things out with him when Du raised his fists at him.
Woah. Fiesty much?
Mr Wu was certain that Du wasn’t someone that he can talk sense into, so he called the police.
Du noticed what was going on and attempted to leave. He was held back by Mr Ma, the friend who was with Mr Wu.
According to a medical report, the little boy suffered bruises on the right side of his face and sustained injuries on his left hand.
Thankfully, there weren’t any fractures, but he was so traumatised by the incident he vomited three times.
Du was sentenced on April 3 this year with causing hurt through negligence and was given an S$1,500 fine, according to Lianhe Wanbao.
Additionally, his e-scooter has also been confiscated and destroyed (for good).
2. Too late
According to The New Paper, this incident happened in Bedok Reservoir Road on 7 March this year.
The 45-year-old victim was knocked down by the 23-year-old driver when she just stepped off an overhead bridge.
The driver had failed to stop his e-scooter in time.
The victim, known as Ms Goh Lay Yong, sustained head injuries and lost consciousness immediately. She then fell into a coma while at Changi General Hospital.
To add salt to the wound, the rider fled the scene after calling for an ambulance.
Justice was served when the police managed to hunt him down on the same night, according to The Straits Times.
Good job, SPF!
He was arrested for a rash act causing grievous hurt.
If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to four years, a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.
Meanwhile, the victim had to undergo a surgery to remove a part of her skull to relieve the swelling in her brain.
3. She is not herself anymore
55-year-old Madam Ang Liu Kiow was involved in an e-scooter accident in 2016.
The driver was a 17-year-old boy, and the collision left her in a coma for a month, on top of severe head injuries.
Madam Ang suffered a stroke from her head injuries and her right hand is now limp. She can’t walk or talk naturally.
The driver was charged in October 2017 for causing hurt to Madam Ang while riding his e-scooter along a pavement in Pasir Ris Drive 1.
According to The Straits Times, the family of Madam Ang has received donations from strangers, apart from financial aids and grants.
4. Son in sight
On July 5 last year, 32-year-old logistics manager Qin Jian was riding his vehicle near a void deck.
He knocked into a nine-year-old boy who screamed so loud, his father who was nearby heard him.
Upon arriving at the scene, the father called the police.
The little boy was taken to National University Hospital (NUH). He suffered from small abrasions on his right elbow and wrist, as well as his left knee.
Qin was fined the maximum fine of S$2,500.
5. Taking danger to another level
On October 19 last year, 61-year-old Ms Tay Poh Choon was knocked over by an e-scooter at Yishun Park Hawker Centre.
The driver was 26-year-old Liu Jiaming.
Ms Tay suffered an injury to the back of her head and was taken to a hospital.
Liu faces a charge of committing a negligent act for allegedly riding his vehicle in the hawker centre, hence causing the incident.
6. Girl Knocked Down When Walking Home From Tuition
Just last week, a bloody accident involving an e-scooter happened at Pasir Ris East CC.
An 11-year-old girl was walking along the sidewalk just outside the building.
And then she was hit from the back by a 24-year-old rider.
The victim lost two teeth from the accident and required jaw and gum realignment surgery.
On top of that, she also suffered abrasions on her head, face, elbow and knees, as reported by The Straits Times.
The driver has been arrested for a case of rash act causing hurt.
7. 6-Year-Old Boy Knocked Down at Punggol Park
Another young child was injured in an e-scooter accident as well.
A six-year-old boy was at Punggol Park when he was believed to be hit at the back of his head by the vehicle.
The vehicle was damaged and there was blood on the middle-aged rider’s hands.
The boy was later taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
While the rider was not arrested, he did apologise to the boy’s family.
Investigations are still ongoing.
8. 86-Year-Old E-Scooter Rider Involved In An Accident With SBS Bus
Even as recent as this week, there was another major e-scooter incident.
And it happened in Yishun (again).
An 86-year-old e-scooter rider was sent to the hospital after an accident with an SBS Transit bus, 811.
A picture taken of the aftermath showed an e-scooter crushed under the bus.
After paramedics arrived, he was sent to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, conscious at that point in time.
Investigations are still ongoing.
According to Channel NewsAsia, no one was arrested.
So there you have it, proof that Singaporeans just aren’t capable of taking care of ourselves. It’s no wonder we have evolved to become the ‘nanny state’ that we are today.
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This article was first published on goodyfeed.com
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