Bad decision crippling
“IT’LL be right.”
That was the sentiment of the young adults in the vehicle with Wayne, 17, moments before the crash that cost the lives of two of his mates.
He was their designated driver for the night, but after stopping for a toilet break on the road between two parties, he returned to find a drunk friend insisting upon driving.
Thirty years on, Wayne remains in a wheelchair and the most basic daily rituals, which most of us take for granted, continue to be an ordeal. This isn’t a life you’d wish on your worst enemy. It’s certainly not something you’d wish on yourself.
According to Spinal Injuries Australia, the biggest cause of these injuries are road crashes. Injuries like Wayne’s are happening every day.
His story formed the basis of the third week of the Traffic Offenders’ Intervention Program at Tweed Heads PCYC on Wednesday night, the third of six instalments.
Afterwards, Senior Constable John Mulhearn from Northern Borders Highway Patrol broke down some myths about police radars and speeding fines.
He debunked the notion that officers must meet a revenue-raising quota, saying police didn’t have to go out of their way to find people breaking road rules.
He hoped the participants would make the most of the opportunity granted to them with the program.
“I think most people that come here, they leave with a good taste in their mouth,” Sen Const Mulhearn said.
“You can tell some of them are very concerned... because (if you lose your licence) you could lose your livelihood.”
Sen Const Mulhearn urged people to think about the consequences of their decisions.
“It’s really sad when you’re at a fatality of a young person, because they’ve got so much potential. Nothing prepares you for that.”