Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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

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