Thursday, February 8, 2024


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On The Beat

E-Scooter Accident

A female e-scooter rider has been transported to Proserpine Hospital, following a collision between the e-scooter and a vehicle at 8am on Tuesday, February 6.

Occurring at the intersection of Shingley Drive and Shute Harbour Road, the female patient was transported to Proserpine Hospital in a stable condition, with head and neck injuries.

Senior Sergeant Shane Edwards, the Officer in Charge of the Mackay Whitsunday Highway Patrol Group, urges riders of personal mobility devices (PMDs) to be aware of the legislation and road rules of these devices on the road.

“These devices are designed to be ridden on footpaths or suburban back streets, not main thoroughfares,” S/Sgt Edwards explained.

“If a road has centre lines or islands, PMDs are not permitted on the road. On suburban roads, a PMD may go up to 25 kilometres an hour; on footpaths, maximum speed is 12 kilometres. Helmets are always required, and riders must not be using their phone or under the influence.

“There must also be no doubling on PMDs.

“Normal road rules apply to these riders. They must stop for stop signs and follow all road rules,” explained S/Sgt Edwards.

Neighbourhood Centre Donations Stolen

A series of individuals have repeatedly stolen donations dropped off at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre over the last few weeks.

The thefts occurred during the night, with donations that had been donated to the Centre outside of office hours.

Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre urge donors to drop off donations during working hours, “so we can remove temptation from these individuals.”

Traffic held up on Shute Harbour Road while services attended to the e-scooter accident. Photo supplied

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