ECHUCA-MOAMA schoolies are being urged to celebrate safely and responsibly and look after their mates during this year’s celebrations.
Victoria’s Acting Assistant Commissioner Stuart Bateson said police were preparing for the influx of thousands of school leavers across Victoria, including in popular coastal destinations like the Surf Coast, Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast regions.
‘‘We’ll be boosting patrols in and around licensed venues, accommodation sites, including private residences, targeting alcohol-fuelled violence, drug offences and anti-social behaviour,’’ Acting AC Bateson said.
‘‘Completing school is a significant achievement for young people and we’ll be out and about to make sure school leavers celebrate their well-deserved break safely and responsibly.
‘‘We know the majority of schoolies do the right thing and look after their mates, but every year we’ve seen a number of school leavers partaking in risky behaviour and ruining the fun for everyone else.
‘‘Our message to those schoolies is to think before you act and don’t spoil the schoolies break for you or your friends by taking the celebrations too far.
‘‘We also encourage school leavers to be careful about how they use social networking platforms during schoolies.’’