Child on smart balance board dies in Abu Dhabi
The smart balance wheel has become a common sight all around the world and made its way to the GCC just a couple months ago. And as you would have thought, balance wheels are becoming increasingly popular among kids and teenagers. They have been seen using the self-balancing board in public areas, including malls and parks, but sadly also on roads. Which is exactly what happened this week in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi police have urged parents to take safety precautions for their children following the death of a 6-year-old boy who was run over by a car in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The balance wheel has a battery life of 16-24km and max speed of 16km/h which may sound exciting for some, however it can cause some serious injuries if not used carefully. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Chief of the Public Relations Section at the Abu Dhabi Traffic and Patrols Directorate, said: "Using smart balance wheels as a tool of entertainment in public areas, especially in roads and even service roads, may result in accidents."
Col Al Ameri urged parents to ensure that their children only use their balance wheels in designated areas, such as parks, as they have been banned in certain malls in the UAE. There was a similar accident recently when an 11-year-old went too fast and fell on his right side resulting in an injury on his right forearm. Similarly, a Dubai resident took the smart balance wheel to work and ended up with a fractured hand, ending up taking three weeks off.