Authorities say it’s a reckless recipe for destruction that’s seen riders get caught topping 60km/h, running red lights and dodging traffic in tragedies just waiting to happen.
Queensland has seen a rise in motorised scooter use since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, with commuters opting to use the two-wheelers instead of public transport.
But police say many are entirely ignoring the 25km/h speed limit speeds.
Police bodycam footage has shown some scooter riders riding at excess of 60km/h, the average speed of a car on Queensland roads, including one instance of a woman being mowed down by a speeding scooter.
Jessica Jordan was crossing a Brisbane road when she was hit by a speeding scooter running a red light, the rider not even stopping to help her as footage shows him them swerving around other pedestrians to get away.
“I just remember being picked up with blood running down my mouth,” Ms Jordan told 9News.
“I’ve had to have three root canal, one of my teeth was pushed up into my gum.”
More than 400 Queensland riders in the past year were caught not wearing a helmet.
Instead, they all wore a $126 fine.
Sixty-five riders were caught scootering on the road instead of the footpath; they all got a $133 fine.
Police say their message to riders is simple, “Have fun, use the device accordingly and follow the road rules,” so more easily avoidable collisions and injuries don’t happen.