Play it safe on quad bikes: RACQ

RACQ has urged quad and motorbike riders to wear helmets to protect themselves from critical injuries, after three people were injured in separate incidents in the past week.

The Cairns Post reported two people were taken to hospital in Townsville and Mareeba after quad bike crashes on private properties.

A motorbike rider was also airlifted to Townsville hospital by RACQ CQ Rescue with a serious head injury, after he fell from a motorbike on a private property near Clermont and was not wearing a helmet.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was a timely reminder of the importance of wearing an approved motorcycle helmet to protect yourself in a crash.

“Just because the motorcycle or quad is being used off road, or for working on a farm, doesn’t in anyway remove the need to protect the rider from serious head injuries,” Mr Spalding said.

“Every year across the country, more than 16 deaths occur due to quad bikes and about six people every day attend hospital emergency departments over related accidents.

“Helmets can prevent serious injury or death, which is why it’s absolutely critical that riders put a helmet on.

“Even if you are on a private property, the safest option is to protect yourself with protective equipment like a helmet.”

RACQ CQ Rescue air crewman Russell James also said it was a timely reminder about the importance of safety equipment, in particular wearing helmets.

“Helmets save lives and can prevent serious injury. Whether it’s on the road, in the bush or on the beach, you should always wear head protection when riding motorbikes, whatever speed you’re doing,” Mr James said.

“Please always adhere to the road rules and wear appropriate safety gear.

“We really don’t want to meet you by accident.”