On Monday, Hamiltonians were shocked by the mobility scooter pile up in Jackson Square which hospitalized all drivers involved.
Amid the debate over what to do, Jackson Square has come down to two solutions. The first solution is speed limits and stop signs in Jackson Square. 10 km/h is the maximum speed, and each ‘intersection’ will have an all-way stop sign system. The second solution is inspired by the police: A R.I.D.E. program. Since alcohol has been a factor in every incidence, there will be random checks for alcohol consumption. Blowing over the legal limit will result in a permanent barring from the mall, and a humiliating marketing campaign, featuring the faces of perpetrators on signs across Hamilton. The spot checks could be anywhere – in front of the health food store, by Denninger’s or the intersection near Timmy’s.
Suspicions about a black market betting scheme surrounding “Hallwall Racing” were confirmed by private detective, Jerry Scriver. “I had to go deep undercover, procuring a scooter of my own. They’re actually quite comfortable, and the amount of accessories you can get for them now! Wow! I got an “ARGOS SUCK” sticker, a tiger tail, and streamers to match my glasses. It was a fun assignment. The dark side of this whole accident is the force behind hallway race betting. Some of the biker gangs and mafia involved are so deep underground, they don’t even know who they’re working for. What starts as a friendly office bet, ends in a scooter crash or a collector with a pair of pliers and a free tooth extraction.”
Criticism by activist groups point out that Jackson Square’s measures only treat the symptoms and not the disease of illegal gambling. Some councillors and developers are seizing upon this opportunity to push the casino agenda. It remains to be seen if any of the proposed casinos will include scooter racing.
See Part One of this story: Five-Scooter Pile Up in Jackson Square