Helmet laws urged after skater's death

Thursday, 18 December, 2003

The recommendation that helmets should be compulsory for skateboarders came after an inquest into the death of Daniel John Peach, 16, from head injuries after falling from his skateboard on a Stafford road, on Brisbane's northside, on September 27 last year. He died in the Royal Brisbane Hospital on October 1.

Accident Investigation Squad Sergeant Steve Webb told the inquiry that legislation should be enacted for the compulsory wearing of helmets for skateboarders.

"I believe in this case that a helmet would no doubt have saved Daniel's life," he said.

"Sometimes young people think it's uncool to wear a helmet, but I think this is where education comes in."

Coroner Christine Clements recommended that the state's road safety authorities review their safety message to skateboarders, and that it be delivered by their peers - particularly via television.

Under Queensland law, skateboarders, although classified as pedestrians, are allowed to travel on minor roads which do not have a white line down the middle.

Ms Clements urged the state government to review skateboarding safety, introduce laws requiring helmets be worn by skateboarders and ensure boards are sold with helmets.

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