Friday, 20 November 2015
Shadow Minister for Transport and Road Safety, Corey Wingard, has issued a road safety warning to South Australia’s high school graduates ahead of Schoolies celebrations at Victor Harbor this weekend.
“The State Liberals urge Schoolies to have fun but stay safe and responsible over the weekend,” said Mr Wingard.
“Schoolies is an exciting time in a young person’s life and we do not want that excitement to turn to tragedy because of a wrong decision made on the roads.
“The road toll this year is already six fatalities higher than at the same time last year and we do not want to see it increase.
“With young drivers 30 times more likely to crash in their first six months of driving solo, it is crucial that students attending Schoolies plan their trips and avoid risky behaviors like speeding, drink or drug driving, mobile phone distractions, and driving while drowsy.
“Parents also have a role in helping their children plan for a safe return from their Schoolies road trip. If your child is going on a long trip, you can help by making sure they plan rest stops and that they take the family’s safest car.
“I would like to commend the work of Encounter Youth as managers of the Schoolies Festival in Victor Harbor.
“In addition to providing structure and organisation to the three day festival, Encounter Youth also offers free buses for Schoolies who are too tired or partied-out to drive. Over the festival Encounter Youth expect to have 30,000 bus boardings.”
With the State Government selling the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), which is the event’s major sponsor, concerns have been raised about the future of Schoolies.
“This is the ideal time for the State Government to commit to a new sponsorship deal and assure the future of Schoolies. It would be a shame if Schoolies was lost because the State Government sold the MAC,” said Mr Wingard.