Heavy traffic expected for Schoolies

With many school leavers headed to the Gold Coast for the kick-off of Schoolies celebrations, the State’s peak motoring body has urged motorists to pack their patience, with heavy traffic predicted across the city.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said there would be an influx of young drivers on the roads with tens of thousands of revellers expected to head to the coast and northern New South Wales beaches.

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“We know many motorists enjoy a weekend beach trip, so we’d urge them to reconsider those plans this weekend with so many Schoolies coming into town,” Ms Hunter said.

“The M1 can already be a bottleneck with regular Saturday morning traffic, but add to that thousands of school leavers and you could be stuck for quite some time.

“If you do need to be on the road, make sure you leave extra time to get to your destination and, please pack your patience.”

Ms Hunter said drivers should also be mindful of more pedestrians around entertainment precincts.

“It’s important we all share the roads. Everyone has a responsibility for road safety,” she said.

“Schoolies need to make sure they’re staying alert when crossing roads and when they’re around vehicles. We want everyone to have a good time but most importantly, we want everyone to get back from the party safely.”

Up-to-date traffic conditions could be viewed on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.