More than a third of Queensland teens admitted to being a passenger in a car with a driver they believed was over the legal limit, according to shocking new RACQ statistics.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the figures were worrying especially as thousands of Year 12 students prepared for Schoolies celebrations this weekend.
“This is scary for parents of teenagers to hear young adults are placing themselves at risk like this,” Ms Ritchie said.
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“Worryingly, 77 percent of students also said they’ve been a passenger in a car when they felt their life was at risk.”
Ms Ritchie said it was vital young adults knew how to get themselves out of trouble.
“This should be a wake-up call to parents to ensure they’ve spoken with their kids about how to get home safely from Schoolies parties,” she said.
“Getting into the car with a drunk driver is never your only option to get home. If your gut is telling you something’s not right, say or do something because it’s simply not worth dying of embarrassment.”
Gold Coast Police Senior Sergeant Ben Nielsen said it was vital teens planned ahead when at Schoolies.
“If you do plan to drink when you go out, leave the car behind and catch a taxi or bus, get a lift with a sober friend, ask a volunteer for a ‘walk home’ or walk with a friend who hasn’t been drinking,” Snr Sgt Nielsen said.
“Schoolies isn’t the time to experiment – don’t be pressured into consuming alcohol or drugs and remember a big night out could mean you’re over the limit the next day.
“If you’re caught driving with drugs or alcohol in your system, you’ll face criminal prosecution, loss of licence and fines.”
Queensland Schoolies kicks off this Saturday 19th and goes until 26th November.