As part of the RACQ’s Docudrama road safety program, Queensland students in years 11 and 12 were asked if they had been in a car with a driver they believed was under the influence of alcohol.
Almost 50 percent of respondents said ‘yes’, with RACQ’s Paul Turner saying the motoring group was alarmed at the results.
“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.
“Everyone has something in their control that they can do to get home safely, and the confidence to say ‘no’ and find another option.”
Students cited a lack of confidence to speak out against the driver, fear of getting in trouble and having no alternative transport as reasons for travelling with a drunk driver.
Mr Turner said the RACQ encouraged parents to talk to their teenagers about drink driving, and to offer them a ‘no questions asked phone call’ – the promise of a ride home at any hour of the day or night without repercussions.
“Any parent would gladly get up in the middle the night if it means their child gets home safely,” Mr Turner said.
The RACQ Docudrama program is a free road safety program, funded by the Queensland Government and delivered to more than 40 schools across the state each year.
Dramatised scenarios are played out for students using peers from their own classes, with the hope that seeing one of their own playing the role of an arrested driver or a ‘dead’ body will reinforce the message.