Quad bike safety under spotlight during school holidays

Date: 
Tuesday, 7 January, 2020 - 16:30
Category: 
Industry news
Location: 
National News
Queensland

The Queensland Government recently issued a safety reminder to farmers about quad bike safety for children during the school holidays.

One in five deaths on quad bikes involved children, according to Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace.

“Some just didn’t have the right training, some were on adult bikes which they had no chance of controlling, and frustratingly, half were not even wearing a helmet,” said Minister Grace.

The Queensland Government has restarted its ride ready quad bike safety advertising campaign, with a free app to download and helmet prizes on offer.

Minister Grace said quad bike-related injury and fatality statistics traditionally peaked during school holidays.

“Kids have time for lots of outside activities over the break, and riding quad bikes is right up there,” she said.

“Quad bikes are a useful tool on farms – and great fun when you have time on your hands –but it’s an absolute tragedy when a few basic safety rules are overlooked and the unthinkable happens.

“This campaign urges people to take a few basic safety precautions such as wearing helmets and keeping kids on appropriately sized bikes.

“These simple steps could avoid this holiday being one to remember for all the wrong reasons.”

Minister Grace said the ride ready campaign was developed in response to a growing number of quad bike-related deaths in Queensland.

Over the past 15 years, more than 70 people have been killed in quad bike incidents in Queensland – nearly one-third of all quad bike-related fatalities in Australia.

“And tragically about 20 per cent of Australia’s fatalities were children under the age of 16,” said Minister Grace.

“Quad bikes are also estimated to be responsible for six emergency department presentations a day, with two of those being hospitalised for serious injuries.”