Quad bike total ban for children pushed

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Safety advocates are now pushing for a total ban on children using quad bikes following the death of a girl in South Australia.

According to a report by The Australian, the victim was a passenger on a quad bike when it crashed on Thistle Island on Sunday afternoon. She suffered from critical head injuries and died at once.

It is still unknown whether she used an adult or child-sized quad bike.

Sabina Knight of Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health said children should be banned from riding all quad bikes.

“There is no place for quad bikes and small children. With the current design of quad bikes, they are not safe for children to ride,” said Professor Knight.

Minister Bill Shorten said he would not commit to a complete ban.

“The simple message is that kids and quad bikes do not mix. Regrettably, it is all too often a fatal combination.”

The use of quad bikes is now the leading cause of deaths in farms across Australia. Seventeen people have died from quad bike incidents last year.


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