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City should address issue with motorized wheelchairs

July 9, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

Editor:

We live in a city that has not yet addressed the issue of motorized wheelchairs and scooters. Yes, people need to get around, and I for one am happy they have the means to do that. But when it becomes a safety issue, then I feel the city needs to step in and formulate some rule and regulation concerning these wheelchair and scooters.

Cases in point. When you come into Wilson Lane either entering or leaving you have to be on guard for people riding down the middle of the street. I understand that there are no sidewalks on that road but riding in the middle of the street is not safe either. When you blow your horn to let the person know that you are approaching, they make sure that you are No. 1 in there book. I would think that the police department would be looking into this matter so that it could be brought up at a council meeting for discussion so a plan could be formulated as to what can be done with what looks like it is going to be a growing problem as people get older and have problems getting around.

But also in that plan there should be work on the sidewalks that are not only in downtown but all of the side streets that are in the same disrepair as well. If the sidewalks were in better shape, I believe these people would not be riding in the street. I am sure that this is not high on the priority list of problems but it is an issue that is not going to go away anytime soon unless there is an ordinance in place so the police can handle the problem.

Mike McRae

Elkins

 
 

 

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