Safety device could save lives

Safety device could save lives

Backyard safety device could save lives and reduce quad bike accidents

Posted on 01.08.2016

A far north Queensland man may have invented the most practical way to stop quad bike accidents and deaths.

More than 70 people have died on Australian farms from quad bike accidents since 2000, and last year the Queensland Government released a list of initiatives to make the bikes safer. These included suggestions to make helmets mandatory for all riders, and age restrictions stopping riders under the age of 16 from using adult-sized quad bikes.

None of the recommendations have been implemented to date.

Cairns-based quad bike trainer, rider, member of the Quad Bike Industry Reference Group, and backyard shed tinkerer Colin Lawson is developing the ATV Angle Alarm, a device that signals audibly and visually if a quad bike is nearing its tip-over point.

“It’s a small box, hard wired to the ATV, and the internal workings mean it’s a dual-axis inclinometer,” he said.

“It tells the computer inside where the bike is in relation to the Earth’s surface — it’s measuring tilt, both forwards and backwards.”

Phil Staley
ABC News



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