Queensland teens taking risks with drunk drivers

More than half of Queensland high school seniors have admitted to travelling in cars with drivers who they suspected had been drinking, according to frightening new research from RACQ.

RACQ Community and Education Manager David Contarini said over 50 percent of year 11 and 12 students surveyed as part of RACQ’s Docudrama education program confessed they’d been passengers in a car when they thought the driver had been drinking.

“This is scary stuff for parents of teenagers, it’s very worrying to see teenagers placing themselves at risk like this,” Mr Contarini said.


“Alarmingly an even higher number of students, 61 percent, also say they’ve hopped into a car when they didn’t really know the driver at all.

“These statistics are a wake-up call, and we’re asking parents to make sure they’ve spoken with their kids about their strategy for safely getting home safely.”

Mr Contarini said having a one ‘no-questions-asked’ phone call option to ring Mum or Dad at any time, day or night without question was a back-up that RACQ encouraged.

“We know that any parent would rather take a phone call in the middle of the night than receive a knock on the door from emergency services,” he said.

“Our education program is dedicated to making Queensland high school students aware of the consequences their actions could have, and about making the smart choice in any situation they might face.”

The free RACQ Docudrama program, funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads, is delivered to more than 50 schools across Queensland each year.