Schoolies' safety a top priority

WHILE only a small number of Schoolies in Surfers Paradise are breaking the law, police are warning even Schoolies doing the right thing need to be mindful of their safety.

The warning comes after two NSW school leavers were hit by a car while crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing in Main Beach about 8.30pm (Qld) on Monday night.

The 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old girl were in Gold Coast Hospital in a stable condition yesterday afternoon.

Gold Coast Superintendent Paul Ziebarth said police were urging everyone to be cautious as an extra 20,000 people had descended on the Surfers Paradise precinct since Saturday.

"We're asking drivers around Surfers Paradise that we need to be mindful of the extra pedestrians," Supt Ziebarth said.

On Monday night police made 54 arrests on 71 charges with 23 on 32 charges handed out to school leavers.

Supt Ziebarth said this was down on previous years and was minimal considering the huge amount of school leavers partying in the area.

The arrests included two men who were found with a significant quantity of powdered drugs in a Surfers Paradise apartment.

A 20-year-old Port Douglas man and 17-year-old boy appeared in Southport Magistrates Court yesterday on a variety of drug-related charges.

Supt Ziebarth said last night was a designated "chill-out night" with calmer music and films replacing the "doof doof."

 



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