Posted: 15 November, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

Shocking Road Safety Stats Prompt Schoolies Reminder

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Queensland's motoring body has revealed some pretty alarming road statistics ahead of Schoolies celebrations this weekend.

RACQ research shows nearly 40 per cent of the state's teenagers admit to getting into cars with drivers they believe are over the legal alcohol limit.

"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," RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said.

An alarming 77 per cent of students also said they had been a passenger in a car when they felt their life was at risk.

The data was compiled as part of the motoring body's road safety education program.

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."

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