Look out: Cops get their "L" plates on Segways

QUEENSLAND Police will continue to trial the use of Segways in the state's pedestrian areas with an additional two transporters to be made available to officers

Acting Police Minister John McVeigh said on Thursday police would continue the existing trial of Segways at locations across the state.

"The extension of the initial three-month trial period will also allow police to extensively test the capabilities of the Segways during the peak holiday period," he said.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the personal transporters had assisted officers in the investigation of armed robberies, break and enters, wilful damage and numerous street offences.

"Some of the benefits include improved sight lines, slow manoeuvrability in crowds and the distance covered during patrols."

The trials are being conducted at South Bank in Brisbane, Cairns Esplanade and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.


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