Parents plead for road sense after son's fatal crash

LIVING IN A VOID: Michael and Lorraine Connolly, whose son Jason was killed in a motorcycle crash at Maleny four years ago, speak out for Road Safety Week.
LIVING IN A VOID: Michael and Lorraine Connolly, whose son Jason was killed in a motorcycle crash at Maleny four years ago, speak out for Road Safety Week. Patrick Woods

THE message bereaved parents Lorraine and Michael Connolly have for road users is simple.

"Before you go out in a car, really think of your family, your loved ones," Mrs Connolly said. "If something happens to you, they have to live without you."

The Connollys live every day without their son Jason, 26, who died on January 2, 2011, in a motorcycle crash at Booroobin, near Maleny.

"You're left with this void in your life. You're never going to see them again, never going to speak to them again," Mrs Connolly said.

The couple spoke out yesterday to promote Road Safety Week.

Mrs Connolly said she was pleased the State Government was going to toughen up motorcycle licensing requirements.

But she was stunned at the stupidity that she sometimes saw on the roads, including a speedster who fishtailed around a corner in front of her and a woman using an iPad while driving on the Bruce Hwy.

"I don't know what they're trying to prove," she said.

Mr Connolly advocated mandatory dash cameras in all vehicles to keep drivers accountable for their actions.

Senior Constable Mark Readman, of the Sunshine Coast District Crime Prevention Unit, said some people had no regard for road rules.

"Ten percent of the population have total disregard for the law," Snr Const Readman said.

"If the Coast's population is a third of a million, that's 33,000.

"They're the people that keep us busy - the 33,000."

More than 2000 road users have been drug and breathtested during traffic operations on the Sunshine Coast during the first two days of Road Safety Week.

Twice as many drug drivers have been caught as drink drivers - nine compared to four.

The highest reading was 0.199% by a driver who was breathtested after urinating on the bowsers of a Maroochydore service station overnight on Tuesday.

Nearly 170 people have been caught for speeding and 30 tickets issued for using a mobile phone.

Peter Cooper, of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, said every traffic crash was preventable.

"It's all about people being aware and educated."

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