By Matt White
Sunday, August 12, 2012
CHILDREN could be seriously injured or killed if they sit or lie down on their skateboards while using main roads, police have warned.
Police have received a number of reports from members of the public, stating children on skateboards and longboards have been seen sitting or lying down on their boards while using main roads on steep hills in Ventnor.
Police want parents to advise their children against such behaviour.
PCSO Pete Downing said: "There are serious concerns for the well being of these children. The dangers should be all too clear with serious injury or worse a real possibility.
"We would ask if your child has one of these boards, please remind them of the risks and strongly advise against this behaviour."
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by Lee Majors
14th August 2012, at 09:38:40
Ian, the island is partly a 20mph speed limit I am sure because several times a week I drive in what used to be 60mph limits at 22mph behind a line of cars with no way of overtaking. This turns a 15 minute trip into a 40 minute trip & wastes my day.Surely if the lead car looked in its mirror & saw the hold up it was causing by driving at that speed they should pull over as it is dangerous.I always enjoy driving behind a car doing 8mph in a 30mph speed limit, it is too slow for 2nd gear, & too fast for 1st gear, so I am up & down the box & it keeps my arm & clutch leg fit.So as you say, better education for ALL road users, this includes some doddery car drivers that I follow.
by ian armstrong
14th August 2012, at 08:24:51
It's great to see so many positive comments about road safety instead of the usual moanies calling for 'a 20 mile-an-hour speed limit over the entire island'. Better education for all road users is needed. Hopefullly I've got a letter on this subject being published in this week's paper- look out for it!
by Richard Taylor
13th August 2012, at 12:50:49
In complete agreement with Lee. It's a nightmare and so was the old boy on a mobility scooter trundling down Afton Road in the pitch black with no lights on the wrong side of the carriageway last weekend. Just missed him.
by Neil Hartland
13th August 2012, at 11:21:17
Fully agree with Lee on this. I see it happening all the time in Ryde and almost was involved in an accident with 4 skateboarders careering down Green Street towards the High Street traffic light junction. Pure madness and an accident waiting to happen.
by tony white
12th August 2012, at 19:22:59
totally agree with lee, bmx bikers, skateboarders and scooter riders cross in front of traffic every day on the eastern roundabout at ryde when they come out of dover street to go to the skate park, inevitably one is going to be hit and as usual it will be the car driver who is pilloried, the area is directly in front of a functioning cctv camera yet absolutely nothing is done to stop it
12th August 2012, at 17:58:03
So standing up on a skateboard on a main road is ok is it?!! "We would ask if your child has one of these boards, please remind them of the risks and strongly advise against this behaviour."Yes, because a child will listen to a parent saying that wont they!!!Good advice from the police BUT there should be a law passed stating that "anything with wheels" on a main road should be insured and the correct safety gear worn, i.e helmet, lights cycle clips etc. If us car & motorcycle riders need to follow the law to be safe, then boarders & cyclists need to do it, as they damage themselves, & other property/persons too.
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