THERE are at least a dozen deaths a year involving allterrain vehicles in Australia.
Farmsafe figures for the 10 years from 2000 recorded 124 deaths. Most were inNSW (40), followed by Queensland (30), Western Australia (19) and Victoria (17).
A previous study in 1989-1992 showed just four deaths a year. Most of those killed were males (103), mostly aged 46-65 (32), but 27 were children under 16.
The most common fatality was the result of a rollover (50). Most occurred on public or forestry roads or tracks.
Polaris marketing manager Neil Anderson says its side-byside machines have roll cages and quad bikes only start when the brake is depressed.
Statistics also show there were at least 43 reported ATV accidents causing injury last year, 31 on farms.
The rider injuries were mainly from rolling (22.8 per cent), hitting a stationary object (18.2 per cent) or human error (11.4 per cent).