Parents' plea: Stop the carnage
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
DAVID Wilson "never had the chance to say goodbye'' to his 19-year-old son, Mark, who was killed in a car accident two-and-a-half years ago.
"The impact on the family, to lose our eldest ? our only son ? that sort of loss is irreplaceable, it's something you never get over,'' Mr Wilson said.
Mark was a passenger in a car which collided with a McCafferty's bus on the corner of Anne and Derby streets in May 2002.
Yesterday Mr Wilson issued a warning to teenagers to be aware of the dangers of getting in a car driven by an inexperienced motorist.
He said while his family would never get over the loss of their son and brother, he did not believe placing restrictions on young drivers was the answer.
lans to restrict P-platers from driving high-powered ve- hicles, limiting the number of passengers in cars driven by young adults and placing a cur- few on young drivers, were out- lined in proposals by the NSW government yesterday .
However, the proposals were deemed impractical by motoring bodies, and Mr Wilson agreed. He said driver education was the key.
"They need to be educated and have programs in schools where people impacted by car accidents can talk to the stu- dents and make them realise what can happen,'' he said.
"It only takes a few seconds of silliness or carelessness to cause an accident.''
He said the best lesson they could learn was to resist peer pressure.
"You can try to instil in kids not to drink and drive and not to hop in a car with someone who speeds or who you feel uncom- fortable with, but they have to be the ones who resist the pres- sure of peer groups to do some- thing they know they shouldn't,'' Mr Wilson said.