SPEED KILLS: Scene of a fatal accident on Casuarina Dr, Little Mountain, where a motorcyclist was killed when he hit the back of a parked ute.
SPEED KILLS: Scene of a fatal accident on Casuarina Dr, Little Mountain, where a motorcyclist was killed when he hit the back of a parked ute. Contributed

Motorcyclists were first two fatalities on Coast for 2015

MOTORCYCLE riders are being reminded to take care on the roads following the first two Coast road fatalities of 2015.

The latest tragedies have prompted calls for safety from police, and a refreshed look at Queensland's motorcycle licensing laws.

As a motorcycle policeman for the past seven years, acting sergeant Mark Johnston is all too aware of motorcycle road safety.

"(Motorcycles are) not very forgiving if you make a mistake, so if you're going to ride a bike you need to make sure you're being safe," he said.

"Motorcycles are very powerful machines, and the luxury you have with a vehicle is that you're got a big steel cage around you if you have a crash."

Preliminary investigations into the 24-year-old man who crashed into the back of a parked Toyota HiLux trayback ute in Little Mountain in the early hours of Saturday morning indicate speed may have been a factor.

Sgt Johnston said speed, inexperience and failure to be properly prepared on the road could all contribute to a crash.

"Drivers who have returned to riding after a period of absence, and new riders, need to drive extremely cautiously," he said.

"The best thing a rider can do is to be seen on the roads, and that includes wearing high-visibility clothing and having headlights on. You must wear a motorcycle jacket, gloves, appropriate long pants, motorcycle boots and an approved bike helmet to ride anywhere, even down to the corner store.

"If motorcycle riders are going on a long trip they will (dress appropriately) - but you get the ones who want to duck down the road with shirt, shorts and thongs, and if you come off at speed you are going to lose a lot of skin at the very least," he said.

The Little Mountain crash and a 55-year-old woman, who hit a tree on Sunday near Kin Kin, preceded the last road death of 2014 - also a motorcyclist.

Lorraine and Michael Connolly, who lost their son Jason in a motorcycle accident in 2011, just a month after he had obtained his licence, have been pushing to toughen the state's motorcycle laws. This includes making it tougher for people to get a provisional RE class motorbike licence. Michael Conolly said drive for the changes had been lagging.


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