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‘Plan B’ your night out

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March 29, 2018

Determined to do their bit to reduce drink driving, some local pubs and clubs have joined forces to promote the ‘Plan B’ campaign.

Determined to do their bit to reduce drink driving, some local pubs and clubs have joined forces to promote the ‘Plan B’ campaign.

Plan B is a statewide initiative encouraging punters to think about alternatives 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 at particular risk given the lack of public transport or other options for getting home.

In the past five years, there have been 291 crashes in the South West Region involving alcohol, which resulted in 392 casualties.

This March and April, patrons at participating premises will be invited to enter a competition to nominate a ‘Plan B’ for getting home.

Participating venues in the area are Finley Golf Club, Finley RS Club, Barooga Sports Club and the Farmers Arms Hotel.

‘‘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,’’ Finley RS Club manager Sharen Parmley said.

‘‘We have a courtesy bus so give us a call, don’t risk it and we’ll pick you up and drop you home.

‘‘Every entry puts patrons in the running to win a swag valued at over $250.’’

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

Local punters are being asked to not ignore the message to leave their car at home.

‘‘The best advice for anyone planning a night out is to leave the car at home,’’ warned local Senior Constable Peter Joice.

‘‘That way there’s no temptation to try and drive home. A crash or a drink driving charge would not make for a happy Easter.’’

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

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