Determined to do their bit to reduce drink driving in Bathurst pubs, clubs and bottle shops have joined forces with the NSW Government to promote the Plan B campaign.
Plan B is a statewide initiative encouraging patrons to think about and plan an alternative to driving home after a night out.
Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on country NSW roads.
More than three-quarters (79 per cent) of fatal crashes and 57 per cent of serious injury crashes involving illegal alcohol occurred in country areas.
In the western region, there were 368 casualty crashes where alcohol was a contributing factor in the five year period between 2013 and 2017. This resulted in 36 people killed and 219 seriously injured.
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,” said Bathurst Liquor Accord President, Stumpy Taylor.
“Each entry nominating a Plan B will be placed in the running to win a swag valued at over $250.”
Local Radio station B-Rock FM 99.3 will also be promoting the Plan B message and giving out $20 Cabcharge gift cards on air to callers who ring in with their Plan B for getting home safely.
The promotion coincides with recent changes to drink driving laws which mean mid-range drink drivers (a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more, but less than 0.15 ) will now spend at least three months disqualified and need to have an alcohol interlock installed in their vehicle for a minimum of 12 months.
Additional changes mean if you are a repeat, high-risk drink driver, police will also have the power to take your number plates or vehicle on the spot.
When planning a night out we encourage local patrons to think about a Plan B, but the best advice is to leave the car at home. That way there’s no temptation to try and drive home. A crash or a drink driving charge would not make for a happy new year.
Bathurst Region Participating venues:-
Bathurst City Community Club - 29 William St, Bathurst
Bathurst Golf Club - 136 Orange Rd, Bathurst
Bathurst RSL Club - Rankin St, Bathurst
Bernardi’s - Rankin St, Bathurst
Black Stump Hotel Trunkey Creek - 25 Arthur St, Trunkey Creek
Bridge Hotel Perthville - Cnr Bridge St and Vale Rd, Perthville
Church Bar - Ribbon Gang Lane, Bathurst
Dan Murphy’s - Cnr George and Durham Sts, Bathurst
Daquinos Kelso - 54b Boyd St, Kelso
Daquinos Windradyne - Wark Parade, Windradyne
Elephant and Castle - 35 Keppel St, Bathurst
Jack Duggans - 135 George St, Bathurst
Knickerbocker Hotel - Cnr William and Russell Sts, Bathurst
Oxford Hotel - 168 William St, Bathurst
Paddy’s Hotel - 234 Gilmour St, Kelso
Panthers Bathurst Leagues Club - Cnr Piper and William Sts, Bathurst
Royal Hotel Hill End - 1 Beyers Avenue, Hill End
Royal Hotel Sofala - Denison St, Sofala
Rydges - 1 Conrod Straight, Mt Panorama
The Dudley Hotel - Cnr Lambertand Stewart Sts, Bathurst
The Family Hotel - 76 Bentinck St, Bathurst
The George Hotel - 201 George St, Bathurst
The Kelso Hotel - Cnr Sydney Road and Lee St, Kelso
The Kings Hotel - George St, Bathurst
The Majellan Club - 136 Keppel St, Bathurst
The Rockley Pub - 2 Buddin St, Rockley
Two Heads - 2A Piper St, Bathurst
Vine and Tap - Brooke Moore Centre. Cnr William and Keppel Sts, Bathurst