Vernon RCMP have rescinded a violation ticket given to a Vernon woman on an electric scooter involved in a collision last week with a pickup truck.
The 49-year-old woman was initially ticketed by police for her actions in the accident where witnesses told police she was “flying down the sidewalk” on her scooter as she headed northbound on the sidewalk on 30th Street at around 2 p.m. April 16.
The RCMP state the woman drove in front of an eastbound pickup that was exiting an alley between 28th and 29th Avenues when she was struck, suffering a shoulder injury along with damage to her scooter.
“Under the Motor Vehicle Act, the ticket written to the individual on the scooter did not fall into the criteria they initially wrote the offence for,” said Gord Molendyk, spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP.
The woman was operating her vehicle on the sidewalk, which is where she was supposed to be, said Molendyk, but should have taken precautions.
“You are like a pedestrian even though you’re in a mobile device like a scooter,” said Molendyk. “If you are walking on the sidewalk, it makes sense that you take some precautions like slowing down and checking to make sure somebody’s not coming out of the alleyway. In this particular case, it appears that did not happen.”
The driver of the truck was not injured and was not charged.
Attempts to contact the woman for comment by The Morning Star were unsuccessful.