ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Roanoke Fire-EMS and local healthcare providers are emphasizing safety when it comes to riding commercial scooters.
Roanoke Fire-EMS has seen a an increase in calls due to injuries while riding scooters in the area.
"For the most part, we've seen incidents happen during the day, and unfortunately it's due to misuse of the scooter itself," said Roanoke Fire and EMS Public Information Officer Kristen Perdue.
Because of this, the agency has created a new incident form for injuries that include a "commercial scooter" check box.
According to Perdue, "People are curious to see if there's more risk with these scooters coming to town so we want to be able to track that to see if that is really the case."
Doctors at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital have decided to come up with their own "code" to indicate when patients come in with scooter-related injuries.
"Our trauma system is already working on that and figuring out ways to track them coming in, and then go talk to the community about what the volume of injuries and things we can do to prevent them," Dr. Jason Gillan says.
Injuries doctors have seen so far range from bad bruises to broken bones, but doctors warn if people aren't careful they could be much worse.
Bolt Mobility Company says a big safety tip is to always wear a helmet and use hand traffic signals when riding scooters on the road.
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