By Staff writer
6-year-old died after being hit by a car while playing on a mini segway or self-balancing scooter
A six-year-old child has died after being hit by a car while playing on a ‘hover board’ in the street, it was reported on Monday.
The tragic incident prompted Abu Dhabi Police to warn against using the popular mode of transport outside designated areas.
Known also as ‘balance wheels’ the vehicle is a form of mini segway or self-balancing scooter that resembles the fictional levitating ‘hoverboard’ seen in the cult 1980s 'Back to the Future' films.
They have become hugely popular across the world, including in the Gulf.
But on Monday, a six-year-old Emirati, identified only as S.A., was run over by a car in Abu Dhabi while using one in busy streets, Gulf News reported.
Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, public relations chief at the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate, immediately issued a warning to parents not to permit their children to ride on the boards except in quiet designated areas such as parks.
Al Ameri was quoted in the Arabic daily newspaper Al Ittihad as saying: “Parents are buying such tools for their children but they are apparently not telling them not to play on roads as it could be dangerous.
“These [toys] are very dangerous as the children could be run over by cars and they could also create traffic confusion. Parents should not let their children play on roads with these dangerous tools and instead choose safe places for their amusement.”
He also advised children to wear protective gear such as helmets, knee and elbow caps and wrist pads.
In the UK it is illegal to ride the boards on the pavement as it is deemed too dangerous. Their use is permitted only on land that is private property, and with the landowner’s permission.
Sorry to hear this and my sympathy with the family. However this is just one of many that has happened and is surely going to happen again. These "thingees" are all over the place. It is irritating to find them in the malls, roads and every possible place. It is time the authorities restricted special parks or areas dedicated to this, or else we can surely look forward to many such accidents and then the poor drivers get into trouble for somebody else's negligence.