On July 18, 2023 the Springfield Fire Company along with EMS responded to an electric scooter versus a motor vehicle accident at Norwinden and Lynbrooke Road. AC44 and Squad 44 arrived and found a person down with significant injuries. The person was transported to the Trauma Unit at Crozer Hospital. The fire company has seen a substantial increase in electric scooter/bicycles versus motor vehicles recently, one of the accidents was a fatality. Below is some information on electric personal devices and safety tips.
Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs) are defined in Section 102 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code as a self-balancing, two-nontandem-wheeled device designed to transport only one person with an electric propulsion system. EPAMDs are legally allowed to be operated on sidewalks and roadways in PA, unless prohibited by local ordinance [Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Section 3703(c)]. However, EPAMDs are prohibited on freeways (Section 3583) and are NOT subject to the titling, registration, insurance, inspection and driver licensing laws.
1. Always keep your eyes on the road
2. Keep both hands on the handlebars
3. Use a proper helmet
4. Slow down before looking back or turning
5. Inspect your scooter regularly
6. Equip proper lights
7. Get some eye protection
8. Follow the rules of the road as you would in a car. Stop for stop signs and red lights.