Matric Ragers better behaved this year

2014-12-02 00:00

ORGANISERS of the matric Rage in Ballito say this year’s revellers seem to be well-behaved compared to their counterparts from previous years.

About 20 000 matrics are celebrating the end of the exams at the party.

Festival director Will McIntyre said the Rage Connect concept was launched this year, comprising a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag registered with key data, like the wearer’s name, medical information, and emergency contact numbers, which is placed on their wrists.

“We can track their movement and the number of people in all the venues.

“Paramedics will be able to monitor them and have each student’s medical details in case of a medical emergency.”

IPSS Medical Response spokesperson Paul Herbst said that this year’s Rage attendees were much better behaved, knowing they are being monitored by the electronic tags. “The organisers have really put in the effort to help the students and they know they are well supervised and monitored by the RFID tags; there has definitely been an improvement.”

Herbst said there had been two ­accidents during the weekend that ­involved students.

“On Saturday morning, a vehicle hit another vehicle on Ballito Drive across from the Virgin Active. No one was injured and the driver abandoned the vehicle.

“Later that morning, a vehicle crashed on the N2 and the two inside were ­treated for injuries and taken to hospital.”

Herbst said that they have seen no drug-related incidents this year.

Pippa Rowney, spokesperson for the support group Red Frogs, also felt the matrics had been better behaved this year.

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