For f$%*s sake, I'm sick of geriatric people giving us riders a bad name! :evil: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19257169-36398,00.html AN epidemic of deaths and injuries among elderly and disabled Australians riding mobility scooters is just around the corner, a new Australian study said. Researchers from the Monash University Accident and Research Centre (MUARC) identified a serious emerging trend of such deaths and injuries, and said the problem needed immediate attention and a national approach. Their study found six people died and more than 150 were taken to hospital with injuries from scooter accidents in Victoria between 2000 and 2005, with people aged over 80 most at risk. MUARC injury prevention chair Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith said the real extent of injuries associated with scooters could be up to five times higher due to inadequate hospital surveillance systems. She said the problem would only increase as the population aged and scooters became more popular with elderly and disabled people wanting to maintain an active, independent life. "We would not allow a new drug into the market without stringent assessment and regulations, so the same caution should apply with new products such as mobility scooters," Prof Ozanne-Smith said. "Leadership needs to be provided urgently to take control of what may be an impending epidemic of deaths in injuries associated with mobility scooters." The report found all the deaths and half the injuries resulted from major falls. Other causes of injuries included collisions with cars, prams, bushes, trees and fences, and tip-overs on uneven surfaces or gutters. Head wounds, and face, leg and hip fractures were the most common injuries, it found.