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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).

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