Grieving mum demands change on the Coast's roads
GRIEVING mother Cindy Klienhans needs to know that her son's death was not for nothing.
Ms Klienhans doesn't want anybody, particularly mothers, to endure the pain she has lived with since her son Jake Dunn's life support was switched off on October 8 last year.
The 22-year-old Maleny man succumbed to serious injuries sustained when he crashed his car into a tree beside Maleny Stanley River Rd while on his way to work 13 days earlier.
Mr Dunn had only held his provisional licence for five months, had his car for four months and was two weeks into his new job at a Kilcoy abattoir when he crashed.
His mother is facing her second Christmas without him. Time is yet to relieve her grief.
"Losing a child is not the natural order so it doesn't get any easier," Ms Klienhans said.
The Sunshine Coast Daily is launching its Give... Don't Grieve campaign with the aim of improving drivers' attitudes and behaviours in the hope the holiday period is memorable for the right reasons.
Ms Klienhans also hopes to effect change to drivers' behaviour with her push for more intensive training for learners.
She wants defensive driving classes to be mandatory for learners before they are allowed to drive unsupervised.
Her son lost control of his car as he overtook another vehicle. It was at double lines but there was no oncoming traffic.
Mr Dunn lost control when his tyres came into contact with a wet patch of bitumen.
Ms Klienhans has since heard from a witness that her son nearly regained control but not enough to stop him leaving the road.
"He had over-corrected. He only needed to turn his wheel a touch and he would have been back on the road."
She believes driver training simulators in major centres around the state will help inexperienced road users avoid situations like her son's.
A petition has been launched seeking public support for her push.
"These kids need to stop and think 'how is this going to hurt my family, me not being here if I take this stupid risk'," Ms Klienhans said.
"If Jake had not overtaken that day, he would be here for Christmas."
To sign the petition, visit http://tinyurl.com/znaz5n6.