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OUR SAY: Safety must be priority in motorcycle licensing laws

PROPOSED changes to licensing laws for new motorcycle riders are well overdue.

A total of 34 motorcycle riders have been killed on Queensland roads since January 1.

A recent death was close to home.

The death of Darling Downs Riders Group member John Watton hit the club's 1000 members hard.

He was an experienced rider but died in a road accident on August 1.

Group co-founder Trent Withers has supported the mooted government changes.

READ MORE: Forces unite to curb rising motorcycle death rate

He has been riding motorcycles for 15 years and believes any change that can help make Queensland roads safer for riders is welcome.

It is only natural that motorcycle riders want to be involved in any changes.

There are more and more riders on our roads.

We need to make sure they are all experienced enough for their own and others' safety.


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