Pubs join forces for Plan B

Determined to do their bit to reduce drink driving in the Mid-Western Regional Council area pubs, clubs and bottle shops have joined forces to promote the Plan B campaign.

Plan B is a statewide initiative encouraging punters to think about an alternative to driving home after a night out.

Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on NSW roads. Country people are particularly at risk given the lack of public transport or other options for getting home.

In western region in the five years to 2016, there were 362 casualty crashes where alcohol was a contributing factor. This resulted in 34 people killed, 209 people seriously injured and 222 people sustaining moderate or minor injuries.

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During December, patrons at participating pubs, clubs and bottle shops will be invited to enter a competition to nominate a Plan B for getting home.

“Catch a cab, walk home or throw a swag out on a mate’s floor – we don’t mind what your Plan B is, so long as it’s not driving home,” member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

“Every entry puts customers in the running to win a swap valued at more than $250.

“People planning a night out will also have the chance to win a $20 taxi voucher from local radio station 2MG/ Real FM Mudgee which will be giving away vouchers on air throughout December.

“The promotion coincides with an increase in NSW Police RBTs across the state, making it even more likely anyone drink driving this month will get caught.

“Christmas revellers are being asked to not ignore the message to leave their car at home.

In NSW, drink driving is a criminal offence, which can result in hefty fines, licence disqualification and/or gaol.

“The best advice for anyone planning a night out is to leave the car at home. That way there’s no temptation to try to drive home,” Mr Grant said.

For more information including tips and advice on how to plan your trip home visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au