Man Dies Crashing Hoverboard in Dubai
The police have issued a warning to parents about the dangers of letting their kids ride self-balancing scooters just days after a Dubai resident died using one.
A Filipino man was killed after he rode his hoverboard into a lamppost while navigating through Mushrif Park.
Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, head of Dubai Traffic Police told The National: “The accident occurred a few days ago at the car park of Mushrif Park. The deceased lost his balance and fell.” This is apparently the very first death in the UAE involving the scooters, but there have been several accidents caused by them.
“These boards pose a great danger, especially that they can suddenly stop when the battery runs out causing the rider to fall,” said Col Al Mazroui. “There has been a similar accident where a rider suffered grave injuries after falling flat on his face because of the board suddenly stopping. We’ve had another case where a rider broke his arm for similar reasons. The Traffic Federal Council has banned the use of these boards on public roads for these reasons.”
Any person seen using the boards on public roads will have them confiscated by police officers. Abu Dhabi police have also issued a warning to parents expressing how dangerous the devices are for children. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Chief of Public Relations Section at the Traffic and Patrols Directorate, says that if the boards are to be used then appropriate safety measures should be taken, such as wearing a helmet and knee and elbow pads.