Quad bikes are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian children and adults. Across Australia, between 2001 and 2017, 42 children were killed in quad bike incidents.
Additionally, every year Victorian emergency departments treat an average of 85 children suffering from quad bike-related injuries. The majority of these children are aged 5 to 14 years old. Many of these incidents involved working children involved in farm work.
Because quad bikes are heavy and hard to control, children are especially at risk of being hurt or killed, even when riding smaller-sized quad bikes marketed specifically for children or youth.
Children under 16 have limited ability to judge speed and distance, and they often cannot make lifesaving decisions. They often collide with objects and other riders, causing injury to themselves and others.
Eliminate the risk
Do not let your children ride adult sized quad bikes if they are not at least 16 years of age.
Provide your working children with safer vehicles for them to operate.
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