New laws make safe rid­ing the pri­or­ity

Chil­dren un­der 8 banned and big fines for no hel­mets as laws start this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE - - PAMELA FROST Tobi Lof­tus tobi.lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

QUAD bike rid­ers who refuse to wear a mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met while rid­ing on or near pub­lic roads will now face a $365 fine and the loss of three de­merit points.

The new laws, ef­fec­tive from Fe­bru­ary 1, also state if two or more hel­met of­fences are com­mit­ted in a 12-month pe­riod, the sec­ond and sub­se­quent of­fences will in­cur dou­ble de­merit points.

The laws also ban chil­dren aged un­der eight from be­ing car­ried as pas­sen­gers on a quad bike.

Chil­dren over eight who are un­able to sit with their feet flat on the floor and hands on the hand­holds have also been banned from rid­ing as pas­sen­gers.

The laws will by en­forced by the Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice and no ex­emp­tions will be avail­able.

Pre­vi­ously, rid­ers could wear any hel­met.

The laws were im­ple­mented fol­low­ing a 2015 coro­nial in­quest into the deaths of nine peo­ple killed in quad bike ac­ci­dents, in­clud­ing Zoe McInnes from the South Bur­nett.

Ms McInnes, 28, died in June 2013, four days af­ter fall­ing off a quad bike on her prop­erty at Durong.

Deputy State Coroner John Lock said her in­juries could have been sur­viv­able if she had been wear­ing a hel­met.

The in­quest also ex­am­ined the case of 51-year-old Ge­of­frey Gra­hame Moore who died in March 2012 when his quad bike hur­tled into a fence at a feed­lot he worked at near Dalby.

CON­TRIB­UTED

LAW OF THE LAND: The laws came into ef­fect on Fe­bru­ary 1.

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