Free MAC buses and App to protect the most vulnerable on our roads.
In a further commitment to preventing injury and saving young lives the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) will today provide all school leavers with free bus transport from Adelaide to Victor Harbor to this year’s Schoolies Festival.
As the Principle Partner of the festival, MAC will also provide a free a shuttle bus service which operates between Goolwa and Encounter Bay.
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Maguire, said, MAC’s initiative is about helping to reverse the disturbing fact that young drivers are over-represented in road crashes.
“People aged 16 to 19 years make up 5% of the population but accounted for 13% of serious casualties in South Australia each year,” Mr Maguire said.
“They also have a rate of 13 deaths or serious injuries for every 10,000 licensed drivers. This is at least twice the rate for drivers aged 25 and above.
“Based on 2007-2011 data, this group of drivers generate approximately 13% of Compulsory Third Party claim costs, costing over $40million annually.
“We know that students have worked hard during the year and are entitled to celebrate. But we don’t want them to risk the occasion being ruined by any of them suffering injury.
“This year MAC has also launched a free i-Phone and Android App for Schoolies to plan, locate and catch buses.
“The App features location and time aware technology. This helps school leavers find the closest bus stop to their physical location and the most appropriate timetable based on the current time.
“The App reinforces important road safety message and a help line with direct contact to police, fire, ambulance and hospital assistance should they find themselves in trouble.
“I strongly encourage all Schoolies to plan ahead, download the App and to catch the free buses instead of taking their car,” Mr Maguire said.