Coolah’s Ken Tuckey is preparing to address quad bike safety at 15 small schools and took his own bike to the streets of Mudgee on Thursday to illustrate his point.
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Nine people have already died in quad bike accidents in Australia (five in NSW) in 2017.
Mr Tuckey said different measures are being attempted to address this but he believes knowing how to ride should be the priority.
“At the moment the Government is paying farmers $100 to buy a crash helmet and $1000 off for a new bike,” he said. “But what should happen is adults who buy the quad bikes should learn to ride them first. Because you’ve got to ride a quad bike the same way you ride a motorbike. I’m not a believer in roll bars or crash bars on quads, it’s a rider’s responsibility to know how to ride before attempting.”
He said safety gear needs to be worn – a full-face helmet, leather boots, long trousers, and gloves - and that people shouldn’t double, and if a hill is too steep to walk up don’t even think about trying to ride up it.
Mr Tuckey is also fundraising for Careflight, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, and the McGrath Foundation.
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