By Nelson Groom
A motorist claims he filmed a pensioner ‘drunk’ at the wheel of her mobility scooter causing havoc on a busy highway by swerving in and out of traffic.
Real estate agent Troy Perrim, 42, captured dash cam vision of the staggering scenes on a bridge in Forster, New South Wales, Australia, at 3.30pm yesterday [Tues, May 15].
Troy claims when he pulled over to persuade the woman to leave the road – after watching her swerve towards oncoming cars multiple times – she refused and instead stopped to ‘take a break’ before continuing to drive.
Troy, who reported the incident to police, said: “I was driving to an appointment when I saw the scooter ducking in and out.
“I’ve never seen that in 42 years of living here. Before we got to the bridge I called the police out of fear the driver of the scooter would injure themselves.
“Every so often a car would overtake her. When I got behind her I put the hazards on and tried yelling to her through the window.
“I asked her if she was ok and she said yes.
“I told her to get off the bridge, but she just got off her scooter and took a break with her arms on the railing.”
“She was drunk, I could smell alcohol on her. But I’m not sure if there was something medically not right.”
Mobility scooter owners do not need a licence or registration for their vehicles, but under Australian law is illegal to drink alcohol before driving them.
New South Wales rules state riders are advised to keep to the footpath and only use the road when a footpath is not accessible.
If using a road, the mobility scooter user must keep as close to the side of the road as possible to avoid danger.
Troy’s footage racked up more than 115,000 views in just 24 hours on social media, with commenters commending the 42-year-old for his actions.
Troy said: “I was very surprised. I definitely never expected this much attention.
“In the end of the day I think it’s a good thing for Forster. It gets us on the news, and that’s a good thing.”