On Wednesday, the Hatzolah of Rockland County issued an urgent statement warning the community against the use of electric scooters due to a “frightening uptick” in serious accidents involving the vehicles.
In the urgent message, Hatzolah said, “We ask all parents to think twice before sending out their precious children on these bikes and scooters. Although they can be a fun and efficient way to get around, the risks of serious injury must be considered.”
This warning has arrived just weeks after a unified statement by a group of Rabbis from across the US who also warned against the use of electric scooters, considering the risks of serious, and life-threatening injuries.
“E-bikes and electric scooters are becoming increasingly popular, but these powered bikes and scooters carry a higher risk of severe injuries than traditional bicycles and scooters due to higher speed capabilities. Unsafe riding and collisions can result in serious injury or death” the Hatzolah wrote in the flyer distributed Wednesday morning.
Supporting their warning with statistics from a recent study, the Hatzolah claimed that the research found that patients involved in e-bike accidents had higher incidents of traumatic brain injuries than patients involved in non-electric bicycle accidents, despite e-bike riders wearing helmets at nearly twice the rate of regular bikers.