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PUBLISHED: 16:21 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 23 August 2010

Gravesend
22-09-08
David Edwards defending youngsters who use scooters following a serious accident in Meopham

Gravesend 22-09-08 David Edwards defending youngsters who use scooters following a serious accident in Meopham

A TEENAGER has defended youngsters who ride scooters following the latest horrific crash. David Edwards, 16, of Timberbank, Vigo knew both tragic Jamie Gooda and the teenager who suffered leg injuries in a smash with a HGV in Culverstone last month. Des

A TEENAGER has defended youngsters who ride scooters following the latest horrific crash.

David Edwards, 16, of Timberbank, Vigo knew both tragic Jamie Gooda and the teenager who suffered leg injuries in a smash with a HGV in Culverstone last month.

Despite the accidents he says it is vital youngsters can ride, but safety should always be a priority. He said: "Having a moped is about independence. People often think youngsters on these are irresponsible, but this is not the case for the majority of riders. It is a part of growing up. You learn about the dangers of the road and get a good grounding before you are old enough to apply for your driving licence.

"You only can ride a 50cc restricted to 30 miles per hour but no matter what speed you ride on major roads there is always going to be an element of risk."

Living in a rural part of Gravesham he said many youngsters rely on their bikes to travel to part time jobs, have a social life and give parents a break from running them around.

The keen rider said it is important they are not all branded irresponsible riders but also appealed to youngsters to take care on the roads following the death of the former Meopham School student and the latest casualty on the A227, near Gravesend.

He added: "From Vigo to Bluewater it is about £5 or £5.50 on the bus. I can fill my tank up for just over £6 and it goes a lot further than that.

"Riding a moped can be safe, affordable, offers independence and is a great way to learn the road but with everything there is always a risk.

"People must be aware that there are a lot of sensible young riders out there, but at the same time teenagers must take care. Roads can be very dangerous even if you are the safest person on the road. What we don't want is another tragedy like that of Jamie Gooda.

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