Half of teens riding with drunk drivers

ALMOST one out of two senior high school students admit to being in a car with a drunk driver.

Year 11 and 12 students were surveyed during RACQ’s Docudrama road safety program and confessed they had been travelling in a car with a driver they believed was under the influence of alcohol.

RACQ General Executive Manager Advocacy Paul Turner said RACQ was alarmed at how many teenagers had put themselves in danger.


“There are many road safety campaigns highlighting the dangers of getting behind the wheel drunk, but we quickly forget how dangerous it can be for the passengers,” Mr Turner said.

“It can be difficult even as an adult to have the confidence to speak out but for teenagers it can be a very uncomfortable situation.”

The RACQ Docudrama program is a free road safety program, funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Transport and Main Roads.