Blue Light Anti Drink Drive Expo
At Classic Flyers from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June
A drink-driving expo which last year saw a significant drop in the number of teenagers caught drink driving is returning to the Bay next week.
Nearly 2500 senior school students will attend this year's drink drive expo, to be held at Classic Flyers on June 6th through to Friday June 9th.
This event has been designed to highlight the many possible consequences of driving while impaired, we hope that this knowledge will encourage you, your family and peers to make the right decisions around drinking then driving.
It is no coincidence that this expo is aimed at young people and their Whanau. Parents have a role to play in helping young people to make good choices when it comes to alcohol.
You will have the opportunity to interact with Police staff and other agencies that deal first hand with the tragic results of drinking and drug driving. These people and many other agencies present are committed to deducing drink/drug driving on NZ roads.
Listen to inspirational guest speakers; crash victims and drink drivers – as they relay their experiences and decisions, some of which had devastating consequences.
The expo will be attended by students from Te Puke High School, Mount Maunganui College, Aquinas College, Tauranga Boys' College, Tauranga Girls College and Katikati College, who will be confronted by victims of drink driving.
Former athlete Tamati Paul will speak about how his Olympic dreams were crushed after a drink driver smashed into his car.
The right side of his body was smashed, he suffered a haemorrhage and a head injury, and was left in a coma.
The students will also hear from a drink driver who must now live with the consequences of his actions.
The expo is modeled on a weekend course run by Blue Light for youth offenders, and is aimed at prevention.
"We are delivering to year 11 students, who are 15 and 16, who are just about to get their [drivers'] licences.
"The aim is to try and have a positive impact on them before they develop some bad driving habits," Mrs Nicholls said.