Children on motorbikes is abuse, says Cairns Base doctor Janelle Miles October 15, 2009 11:00pm ALLOWING children under 10 to ride motorbikes is a form of abuse, a doctor says. Cairns Base Hospital orthopedic surgery trainee, Cameron Downes, said more than 230 children aged 16 and under had been treated at the hospital for motorbike accident injuries in eight years. A quarter of them were under 10, including one as young as three. Dr Downes said eight had been left with permanent disabilities. "We have an example of a young child riding at only 20km/h who sustained head, neck, pelvis and long bone injuries and two years later, he had a another serious accident," he said. Dr Downes, who presented the research findings to the Australian Orthopedic Association's annual conference in Cairns this week, said many orthopedic surgeons viewed motorbike riding in children as a form of abuse. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,26216585-3102,00.html Wanker!