Ku-ring-gai Council is encouraging its residents and visitors to think about their Plan B before heading out.
In 2015, over 500 crashes occurred in which alcohol was a contributing factor in the Sydney region. This resulted in over 400 casualties.
So have a "Plan B" - an alternate way home that doesn’t involve driving if you have been drinking alcohol.
Your Plan B could include:
- arranging a lift with a sober driver
- sharing a taxi
- using public transport
- staying on a friend’s couch
- booking accommodation near the party venue
The Plan B Drink Drive Campaign is about encouraging people to make positive choices to get home safely after a night out, reinforcing the safety message that if you are having a few drinks, driving is NOT an option.
Council’s are working closely with participating local bottle shops and licensed venues to support the initiative through the displaying posters, drink coasters and t-shirts and distribution of bottle bags that promote the Plan B message. Single use breath testers will also be available from some participating venues free of charge.
Extra local police will be out and about over the festive season targeting drink drivers and conducting random breath tests.
Planning a night out? Check train and bus timetables for late night services home or call 131500.
Drivers caught under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs can face heavy fines, with penalties of up to 18 months in prison and a court imposed fine of up to $3300 for a first offence and up to $5500 for second offenders.
Don't forget… getting back to zero might take all day. The only thing that will sober you up is time!