RACQ CareFlight Rescue is urging motorcyclists to exercise caution after an alarming spike in the number of injured riders being airlifted in March.
Chief Executive Officer Ash van de Velde said this month 18 injured bike riders had been airlifted – averaging more than one every two days.
Eight riders were airlifted in the first nine days of March.
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The emergency airlifts were performed by crews from CareFlight’s four community bases across southeast Queensland, with injured riders being transferred between medical facilities and airlifted from the scene of both on and off road crashes.
The call for caution comes as Easter approaches – a time when many riders will be out enjoying their machines.
“We’ve all seen enough destruction both on and off the roads, and 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.”