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NEWS: Nunavik September 17, 2012 - 5:02 am

SUV-scooter collision kills Nunavik teen, injures another

Three youth in Umiujaq were riding on the same scooter


The community of Umiujaq on Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast was in mourning this past week.

That’s after the death of a teenager in Umiujaq on Sept. 11.

At about 1:15 p.m. on Sept. 11, a sports utility vehicle and a scooter carrying three passengers collided in Umiujaq, the Kativik Regional Police Force confirmed.

The passengers included a 14-year-old boy, who was declared dead shortly after arrival at the local health clinic. Another passenger sustained leg injuries.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the accident, said police, who did not say how old the driver of the scooter was.

Members of Nunavik’s regional prevention committee, with members from the police, health board, school board and the Kativik Regional Government, want to prevent such incidents,  “to convert bad driving practices into responsible and safe ones” through their “off-highway vehicle” safety campaign, which started last year and is still underway.

Studies show young men are most likely to be involved in collisions.

But by then, their bad driving habits are already ingrained, because the average age at which kids in Nunavik generally start driving all-terrain vehicles is eight and a half years.

Those most at risk of injury are generally those under 16, who don’t wear helmets and double-up on one machine.

As well, there’s a growing number of vehicles on Nunavik’s paved roads, increasing the possibilities for collisions.

In the rest of Quebec, wearing helmets is mandatory and you have to be 16 before you can drive.



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