PARENTAL DUTY IS NEVER ON LEAVE
PARENTS, do you know where your child is and what they are doing this week? It’s leavers weekend and thousands of leavers have headed to Dunsborough and Rottnest. A phone call at 2am saying their 17-year-old has been arrested, or worse, is in hospital, is a parent’s worst fear. WA Police Commander Murray Smalpage is discouraging parents from providing alcohol to their children and parents need to be on the front foot and have the important discussion about the dangers associated with alcohol and drugs. He also urged leavers to take care on the road. He said many young drivers didn’t appreciate how even speeding at five or 10km/h over the speed limit can increase the chances of them being involved in a serious or fatal crash. Moreover, parents are encouraged to keep in regular contact with their children. It is their duty as parents to keep them safe while they celebrate this milestone in their lives.
Susanne Reilly- Reporter