April 5, 2017

Young drivers: information for parents

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As the parent of a young driver you can play a key role in educating your children about drugs, alcohol, and encouraging them to be a safe and responsible driver.

Talk to your children

  • Stay informed about safe driving to give your children accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Discuss acceptable and unacceptable driving behaviours.
  • Talk honestly to your children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and driving.
  • This includes the risks of getting into a car with a driver who has been drinking or using drugs.

Be a good example

  • Support positive driving-related behaviours including driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) below the legal limit and not using drugs before driving. This includes talking to your children about how you are moderating your drinking partly because you have the responsibility of driving.
  • Be consistent about alcohol and drug driving (i.e. your discussions and behaviours) so children aren’t confused.

Have a plan

  • Help children to deal with driving-related peer pressure.
  • Provide safe transport options when your children are out.
  • Have a back-up if for instance the designated driver is unable to drive.
  • Make your children comfortable to call you if needed. No matter where they are or what the time.
  • Encourage them to stay the night at a friend's place until they have a BAC of 0.00% and are fully recovered from the effects of the alcohol or drugs.
  • If something does go wrong, wait until the next day to talk about it. This allows time for everyone to consider the situation, and can help diffuse tension over what may be a difficult conversation.

Random roadside testing

In Australia, it is illegal for learner and probationary drivers to drive with any alcohol in their system. They must have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.00%

People who have consumed a large amount of alcohol may still be over the limit the next day.

When it comes to testing for illegal drugs, the devices used during random roadside testing can detect usage in the last 24 hours, and sometimes longer.

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