Illegal motorized wheel chairs

Illegal motorized wheel chairs

Posted in the Athens Forum


Oxford, GA

#1 Apr 9, 2013

This article describes the tragic death of a man in a motorized wheel chair crossing Lexington Rd.

But this politically correct article failed to mention that these motorized wheel chairs are totally banned from public streets or sidewalks. Unfortunately even the police were not quoted in the article as stating this fact. This is political correctness run amok.

If the police of Athens would enforce the law banning these improper vehicles from the roadways and sidewalks around Athens, this victim might be alive today.

Shame on the Athens police and the disgusting local newspaper for its dismal failure to mention this. These dangerous wheel chairs are turning up all over our roads, gas stations and sidewalks and endangering the operators of them and the public. In Macon a few months ago, a woman was killed by a gun fired by a wheel chair rider in a gas station. The motorized wheel chair did not belong there at all.

The wheel chair was also illegally crossing the highway where there were no crosswalks or traffic signals.

Shame on the lousy Athens Banner Herald and its poor writer for failing to note these facts in an obviously politically correct article by Joe Johnson, and shame on the police if they did not point out that these wheel chairs are banned from the roads and side walks of this State. In Athens Clarke County, political correctness trumps public safety.

Oxford, GA

#2 Apr 9, 2013
All this political correctness is because the Athens Police and the Athens Banner Herald don't want to offend those folks illegally risking the public safety by riding on public roadways and sidewalks, but the don't mind enforcing the laws on normally law abiding citizens. This is the "feel sorry" attitude for anyone on a wheelchair no matter how he may be risking the lives of others.
Why are those riding motorized wheel chairs not expected to abide by the same laws as everybody else?
This is exactly the same attitude the government here has in failing to enforce the same laws on the homeless around Athens, who violate the health and safety laws with impunity, while the corrupt authorities enforce the same laws on law abiding citizens and the corrupt Athens Banner Herald winks at it all.

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