ACT Policing has warned students celebrating end of year school formals to behave or face the full brunt of the law.
Thousands of students across the ACT will be attending celebrations over the next few weeks to mark the end of their high school or college life.
Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson says while police are not against students having a good time, if things get out of hand action will be taken.
“We encourage everyone to go out and have a good time but police along with the community will in no way tolerate anti-social behaviour or unsafe driving practices which could put themselves and other road users at risk,” Sergeant Anderson said.
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Under section 5 of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999, police may seize vehicles for offences of street racing, speed trials, burnouts and menacing driving.
“If we catch you engaging in these unsafe driving practices, we can seize your vehicle for up to 90 days for a first offence, and if you are caught again, your vehicle may be seized and forfeited to the Territory if ordered by the Courts,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“Police will also be working closely with ACT Roads and Traffic Authority inspectors over the school formal period.”
Police are encouraging parents and guardians to be aware of their teenager’s plans for their formal night, including when they will be home, and know how to get in contact with their teenager on the night.
“As it is an offence to supply alcohol to minors, we are also urging parents and adults organising an end of year formal to take firm steps to prevent the illegal, irresponsible and excessive alcohol consumption at these events,” Sergeant Anderson said.
ACT Policing has a list of all the school formals being held this year and will be proactively targeting these venues to ensure safe driving behaviours and responsible consumption of alcohol.