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Police: One injury is one too many

DANGEROUS?: Following a collision between a downhill longboarder and a mini bus, longboarders have claimed the sport is safe.
DANGEROUS?: Following a collision between a downhill longboarder and a mini bus, longboarders have claimed the sport is safe. Jon Huey

A GOOMBOORIAN skateboarder who collided with a mini bus last Friday night remains in the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a stable condition.

The boy, 16, was riding a ‘longboard’ down Cootharaba Road and hit the bus with enough force to smash its rear window and knock himself unconscious, despite wearing a helmet.

Local longboarders, who regularly ride along the road have now spoken out in defence of their sport saying it is safe.

But in the eyes of police any skateboarder riding on the road puts themselves and other road users in danger.

Gympie Police District Acting Inspector Phil Edwards said he supported and encouraged skateboarding in designated locations.

“However, riding skateboards on roads is not supported or condoned by police due to the safety concerns for the riders... (regardless) of the relevant laws,” Act Insp Edwards said.

“I am sure that skateboarders would have an understanding of the dangers that riding on the road can create,” he said

“A person on a skateboard has very little chance of surviving when coming in contact with a vehicle at any speed. One injury or worse - is one too many, especially when it can be prevented.”

Act Insp Edwards said road safety was everyone’s responsibility and police aimed to make roads safe meaning they would have to take enforcement action at times.

Police are now looking into reports of local longboarders filming themselves riding along Cootharaba Road and posting the videos online.

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