People riding motorized wheelchairs i...

People riding motorized wheelchairs in the streets.

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Alf Alfa

Fayetteville, NC

#1 May 13, 2011
What is up with the increasing number of people operating motorized wheelchairs as vehicles in the streets. Don't get me wrong, I feel for them and their predicament. But outside of riding on the sidewalks, is it not illegal to operate one of these things in and on the streets, in the car lanes. If it's not, it should be. Someone is going to get run over and, I'm sorry, but it will be the person in the wheelchairs fault.
Potato

Crossville, TN

#2 May 14, 2011
This is dangerous. I was heading to town on 70n and just before getting to the Obed park there was a woman on one and she was almost in the middle of my lane. Came around the curve and about crapped. I just barely missed her. I had already slowed to 45 in anticipation of the speed limit change. If I hadn't I would have owned her.

I don't think they should ride them on the road. I mean she was driving hers like it as a car. I have saw her several times since in the area between Baisley's and Kmart. I hope her luck doesn't run out, but if she keeps doing that it is going to. Then some poor person will have to live with hitting someone for the rest of their life. I just kept thinking of that afterward. Because of her carelessness I would have had to live with hitting her if I hadn't slowed just before the curve. Kinda pisses me off.
Grease Monkey

Cookeville, TN

#3 May 14, 2011
LOL I guess they are going Green and using electric transportation.
hee hee

Martin, TN

#4 May 14, 2011
can't people have a little fun? put in a right away like bicycle riders have, gas is so expensive so I say save gas ride a motorized wheel chair and make a cart to go behind it. Everyone is in too big a hurry slow down and live life in the slow lane. Still think this is funny..

Florydyan

“Just call me Sonny”

Since: Dec 10

Port St. Lucie, FL.

#5 May 14, 2011
I don't know about being funny...
I don't think it is.

I've seen them in the same area's as mentioned above as well as on Industrial Ave.

As you know...I'm all for more sidewalks...I've mentioned that issue more than a few times here.

These people out in the street with their mobility scooters I suppose have as much a right to be there as any pedestrian...be it bicycling or walking...but the narrow nature of the roads there and the lack of sidewalks are what make this an issue.

I have to agree that it is a dangerous situation...and unlike walking pedestrians who can step off to the side of the road...or bicycling ones who can nearly keep speed with the cars and who only take 2 feet at worst of the pavement as opposed to those scooters who take nearly a whole lane and who move very slowly.

Crossville...GIT ER DUN!!!!...get off your azzes, spend some money and put down some damn sidewalks!!!
hee hee

Martin, TN

#6 May 14, 2011
I agree its not funny but sometimes things just seem funny to me,and riding a motorized wheel chair down the street cracked me up. Sorry if I offended anyone.

Florydyan

“Just call me Sonny”

Since: Dec 10

Port St. Lucie, FL.

#7 May 14, 2011
Well...the people I saw doing it were all HUGE...like 500 pounders!!!

Perhaps if they had walked in the first place they would be so messed up now?

Its sad really...I hate seeing such an un-health conscious society that lacks the forethought for a little preventative maintenance.
Angie

Crossville, TN

#8 May 15, 2011
Florydyan, all registered users are members of the Motorized wheelchair club. That's why they are not commenting. absolute embarrassment. Now, I will bet that OA will be first again.
Potato

Crossville, TN

#9 May 15, 2011
The person who was in the road that I almost hit was a rather large person. I don't know anything about her health, but the fact is a motorized scooter is not the same as driving a car, and she going to get seriously hurt of killed if she doesn't stop driving it like it is one.

Since: Jul 10

Crossville

#10 May 15, 2011
I too feel for these peop;e but motorized wheelchairs are not street legal and were never meant to be used on public streets ... and especially not on US highways!

Florydyan

“Just call me Sonny”

Since: Dec 10

Port St. Lucie, FL.

#11 May 15, 2011
ForwardObserver wrote:
I too feel for these peop;e but motorized wheelchairs are not street legal and were never meant to be used on public streets ... and especially not on US highways!
This is all true, and since they are driving a mobility scooter/motorized wheelchair...it stands to reason that they don't possess a car or a license to drive a car.

There could be many reasons for that...including no money for a car...or a medical reason why they can't get a license, such as fainting spells or seizures.
I suspect that many of them have medical conditions where they are on prescription drugs such as pain killers and anti-deppressants, which is clearly a cocktail that impairs their judgement.

I've heard on the news before where people have gotten pulled over for driving a riding lawnmower while intoxicated, so why aren't the Crossville police more dilligent?

Florydyan

“Just call me Sonny”

Since: Dec 10

Port St. Lucie, FL.

#12 May 15, 2011
Oh that right...NO ROOM in the jail for them.

LMAO!!!!
Sunday

Crossville, TN

#13 May 15, 2011
Some good points. But we know that even though they are not supposed to be in the road, in the car lane, that if anybody comes round a curve doing the posted speed limit and comes up on them and hits them, they will portray the person in the car as the villian in the news. And would probably charge the driver of the car, which would be total bull crap
Idiots

Crossville, TN

#14 May 15, 2011
You want them off the roads? Stop using tax dollars on food stamps and having babies and build more sidewalks. And most people in wheelchairs are overweight because they can't WALK. This is the stuff that makes me ashamed of Crossville. The ignorant people are reproducing.
Scott

Jackson, MS

#15 Jul 21, 2011
I'm afraid that some of you are missing an important fact, that Federal Civil Rights Laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, require that people with disabilities have the same access to the roads as anyone else. People in wheelchairs are not using a "vehicle" - wheelchair users are pedestrians, and just as it would be illegal/immoral to deny someone of color the opportunity to walk on the street, so it is illegal to limit people in wheelchairs from using a street they themselves helped fund through their tax dollars. Yes, even people on welfare or disability pay taxes. If you want people in wheelchairs off the streets? Go to the Complete the Streets Coalition Website and support their efforts to build pedestrian friendly roads.

“Zombie Apocalypse will ensue!!”

Since: Apr 11

Nunya USA

#16 Jul 21, 2011
I see them as rabbits or cats. Aim for em, they will move. Maybe....

Since: Jun 11

Crossville, TN

#17 Jul 21, 2011
Florydyan wrote:
Well...the people I saw doing it were all HUGE...like 500 pounders!!!
Perhaps if they had walked in the first place they would be so messed up now?
Its sad really...I hate seeing such an un-health conscious society that lacks the forethought for a little preventative maintenance.
In your last post you did not think it was funny, now in my observation you are making a funny about someone being 500 pounds thats kinda cruel
Side walks who cares about a side walk we barely have enough room to pull off the road if ya have car trouble, flat tire etc and people worrie about sidewalks thats hardley the least of the worries of the people in crossville all they need to do is put a bycicle flag on it a big ole orange one and get in a lane and go!! If they are crazy enough to get on the road with it they need to be prepared to pay the price if the are not seen Side walks in my oppinion are a waste of money and space unless your on main street, this is my oppinion to the situation
snow country

Crossville, TN

#18 Jul 21, 2011
im sure our local postal workers notice this .
Straight Shooter

Ashburn, VA

#19 Jul 21, 2011
IP check. Thanks
Achmed

Crossville, TN

#20 Jul 21, 2011
Sanity check. Thanks

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