Scooter Driver Uses Cell Phone as Headlight, Stopped by Police

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stopped a scooter Monday night on U.S. Highway 19 because it didn’t have a functioning headlight.

According to reports, the driver was trying to use a cell phone light as a headlight by bungee-cording the phone to a mirror.

Authorities did not say if the driver was charged, but the driver was sent home walking, without his scooter.

Cell phones have plenty of uses, but a headlight isn’t one of them. In addition to wearing a helmet, here are some general scooter safety tips:

  • Obey all traffic control devices and use proper hand signals.
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Pay attention to the roadway, and look for potholes, expansion joints on bridges, oil slicks, and crumbling edges of the roadway.
  • Be aware of motor vehicle blind spots.
  • Maximize your visibility at night – wear reflective clothing and apply reflective tape to your scooter.
  • Use extra caution at intersections, parking lot entrances and exits, and driveways.
  • Always use your headlight, even during the daytime.

Even if scooter drivers take all safety precautions, they cannot control the other cars on the road. Some accidents are just unavoidable, which can leave scooter drivers suffering serious injuries. If you or someone you love was harmed in a scooter accident, our Pasco County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help.

For a free consultation, call us today at 727-847-2299 or contact us online.

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