QUEENSLAND'S boys and girls in blue could be patrolling the streets on segways under a proposal the State Government is considering.

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said Police Commissioner Ian Stewart had approached him about police officers using the alternative modes of transport.

"The department is acting on a request from Police to look at how Segways can be used in an operational setting," Mr Emerson said.

"Police have indicated their interest in utilising Segways in places like the Cairns and Townsville Esplanades and at Southbank Parklands."

The police request follows the State Government opening up Queensland footpaths and bike ways to Segway users.
The move attracted concerns from safety experts.

But Mr Emerson was adamant the right safety precautions would be put in place.

"We are taking a safety-first approach to the introduction of Segways including a speed limit of 12kmh, an age limit of 12, helmets, bells and the banning of mobile phones," he said.



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