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UAMS surgeon talks dangers involving electric scooters following new report

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If you've been downtown recently, you may have seen people zipping around on an electric scooter.

The scooters have been in Little Rock for just about a month, and no injuries have been reported yet.

But one UAMS doctor is speaking out about the dangers.

"They are convenient to get on and get off, but there are some safety factors to consider," UAMS trauma surgeon R.J. Taylor said.

A new study released Friday tallies the number of electric scooter injuries from two California emergency rooms.

The study found nearly 250 people were injured in a single year.

"They actually went out to the streets and looked at what the injury patterns were," Taylor said.

The study shows 40 percent of those patients were treated for head injuries.

"Only 10 percent of them were wearing a helmet, and I think that kind of gets into the biggest safety issue about these," Taylor said. "

Taylor says so far, the hospital in Little Rock hasn't treated any patients with injuries related to the scooters.

But he says he's seen them driven and parked on sidewalks, also causing a hazard.

"It's a safety issue for the people that are on the sidewalk, and honestly its a safety issue for people who are driving cars as people cross traffic," Taylor said.

Taylor reminds riders to follow the rules of the road, and the most importantly, ride with a helmet.

"There are some serious consequences to being injured on these, and I think we need to bring it back in a little and have tougher regulations on them," he said.

Taylor says the study only shows patients that went to those two emergency rooms for their injuries.

He says it doesn't include patients who may have gone to another doctor, such as their primary care physician for treatment.

If you would like to see a full copy of the report, click here.

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