Quad bike deaths raise more concerns

A concerned resident snapped this picture of people riding quad bikes through Coogee.
A concerned resident snapped this picture of people riding quad bikes through Coogee.

A SPIKE in deaths related to quad bikes has forced authorities to issue a warning about the dangers of off-road vehicles.

A six-year-old boy is among three people killed while riding quad bikes in WA this year; no deaths were recorded in the State last year.

Nationally the number of deaths from quad bike accidents has already equalled the 15 set in 2014.

Consumer Protection’s acting commissioner Gary Newcombe warned that accidents can happen while taking part in the popular past time.

“Children under the age of 16 are at greatest risk so the warning we want to drive home is that children must never ride quad bikes intended for adults – either as drivers or passengers,” he said.

“A quad bike ride can quickly turn into a tragedy even for experienced adult riders, but children don’t have the physical or cognitive capacity to operate these vehicles safely.”

Further safety information can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au