Motorcycle Easter plea from those who know best

THE parents of a Sunshine Coast man who died in a motorcycle crash are urging other riders to take extra care on the roads this Easter break.

Michael and Lorraine Conolly, who lost their son Jason in 2011, have shared their tips for motorcyclists for the upcoming holidays.

The warning came as RACQ CareFlight Rescue urged motorcyclists to exercise caution after an alarming spike in the number of injured riders being airlifted last month.

During March, 18 injured bike riders were airlifted.

The Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter helped in four of the rescues.

"You're not in a car. You've got nothing to protect you when you come off," Mrs Conolly said. "That's why accidents are always so bad."

She encouraged motorcyclists to obey the rules and follow the speed limit.

"I think most motorcyclists are doing the right thing. It's just like cars, there are small percentages that are giving motorcyclists a bad name."

Mr Conolly's message was for motorcyclists to not only slow down, but to pay attention to what they were doing.

"If you don't know how to ride at 100 miles an hour then don't," he said.

"Driving on a public road is a privilege, not a right."

RACQ CareFlight CEO Ash van de Velde said there had been enough destruction on and off the roads.

"We ask all motorcyclists to take the time to apply a few simple but lifesaving steps to see them to their destination safely - and not in the back of our choppers," Mr van de Velde said.

"Things like wearing protective clothing and gear, ensuring your bike's maintenance and servicing is up to date, and securing any luggage properly will help everyone safely get from point A to point B.

"For those going off-road, we strongly encourage them to ride with a friend, carry a locater device and let loved ones know when they should expect you home.

"Applying these simple steps, along with general road rules and safety, will make all the difference in their day, and quite possibly their life."

 

MARCH IN REVIEW

Saturday, March 1

The Bundaberg crew flew to Gayndah Hospital to airlift a teen injured in a motorbike crash. He was flown to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The Toowoomba crew flew to QLD Moto Park to airlift a 22-year-old man with a fractured femur after he crashed while attempting to land a jump. He was flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

The Sunshine Coast crew flew to Cooyar to airlift a motocross rider in his twenties who sustained a serious leg injury after awkwardly landing a jump. He was flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Sunday, March 2

The Bundaberg crew flew to Happy Valley on Fraser Island to airlift a 25-year-old who injured his shoulder while riding on the island. He was flown to Hervey Bay Hospital in a stable condition.

Monday, March 3

The Gold Coast crew transferred a teenage boy who was injured in an off road motorbike crash near Beaudesert. He suffered possible spinal injuries and was flown to the Mater Children's Hospital in a stable condition

Saturday, March 8

The Toowoomba crew flew to the aid of a 45-year-old man who was knocked from his motorcycle after hitting a wallaby in the Bunya Mountains. He crashed and sustained arm and suspected head injuries and was flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Sunday, March 9

The Toowoomba crew airlifted an injured dirt bike rider following a crash at Motocross Mountain. The 23-year-old man suffered leg and possible spinal injuries. He was flown to Toowoomba Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The Toowoomba crew flew to the aid of an injured dirt bike rider following a crash at a private property north of the Bunya Mountains. The 41-year-old man suffered chest and possible spinal injuries. He was airlifted to Toowoomba Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Sunday, March 16

The Sunshine Coast crew airlifted a man who injured himself after losing control of his motorbike on the beach at Noosa North Shore. He suffered suspected spinal injuries and was flown to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.

The Toowoomba crew flew to Conondale to airlift a 55-year-old woman who lost control of her motorbike near a bend. She veered off the road, hit a guard rail and plunged down a 20 metre embankment. She was flown to the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in a serious condition.

Monday, March 17

The Gold Coast crew airlifted a 29-year-old man with suspected spinal injuries who crashed his bike while attempting a jump at an Allandale property. He was flown to the Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition.

Wednesday, March 19

The Sunshine Coast crew airlifted a man in his sixties who crashed his bike at Mount Glorious. He sustained multiple limb injuries and was flown to the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital in a stable condition.

Thursday, March 20

The Sunshine Coast crew transferred a teenage boy with an injury to his leg following a trail bike crash at Murgon. He was airlifted to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.

Monday, March 24

The Toowoomba crew airlifted a 17-year-old with internal injuries following a motorbike crash. He was transferred from Toowoomba Base Hospital to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a stable condition

Saturday, March 29

The Toowoomba crew airlifted a 36-year-old man injured at a motocross event at Killarney. The Brisbane man suffered a leg injury and was airlifted to Toowoomba Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The Toowoomba crew airlifted a second rider injured in a crash at a motocross event at Killarney. A 16-year-old boy suffered a suspected spinal injury and was airlifted to Toowoomba Base Hospital. He travelled in a stable condition.

Sunday, March 30

The Bundaberg crew flew to Mundubbera Hospital to transfer a 19-year-old man injured in an on road motorcycle crash. He suffered a suspected spinal injury and was airlifted to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The Bundaberg crew flew to Gayndah Hospital to airlift a 15-year-old boy injured in a motocross incident. He was transferred to Bundaberg Base Hospital in a stable condition.