Police were on hand at the Adelaide Central Bus Station this morning as hundreds of young people headed off to Victor Harbor for their ‘end of school’ celebration.
Superintendent Bob Gray, the officer in charge of the SA Police Traffic Services Branch, said it was encouraging to see so many Schoolies attendees using the bus services this morning, but it was important that other motorists be aware of the weekend’s events.
“Police will be paying close attention to the roads between Adelaide and Victor Harbor for the duration of this event,” he said.
“We urge people to drive with care, pay attention to the roads and to not drink and drive.
“We will be testing drivers for alcohol and drugs, but just as important is the need for drivers to concentrate on the task of driving.
“We know everyone is very excited about this event, but it is important that distractions within vehicles are minimised in order to ensure the driver can focus on the road and surrounding circumstances.
“To anyone who is driving to or from the Schoolies Festival™, I would urge you to keep your speed down and remember to buckle up – simply wearing a seatbelt doubles your chance of surviving a crash.”
In addition to patrolling key roads over the weekend, police will be monitoring pedestrian behaviour and safety.
The SA Police Road Safety Section (RSS) will conduct voluntary breath testing at caravan ad holiday parks at Goolwa, Middleton, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor over the weekend.
Motorists in the area should note that there will be road closures which affect the roads surrounding Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor, plus the Victor Harbor to Middleton road will have a reduced speed limit of 60kph imposed for the duration of the Festival.