Police to target the Sale Cup

POLICE will be out in force this Sunday for the Sale Cup, targeting drink drivers.

Police will patrol local roads and breath test drivers.

Transport Accident Commission chief executive Janet Dore said anyone who ran the risk of drink driving also ran the risk of paying a hefty fine for drink driving or worse, spending time in jail or killing themselves or someone they loved.

“Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of Victorian road deaths involve a driver or rider who has been drinking alcohol and has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 or higher,” Ms Dore said.

“We want everyone heading to the races in Sale on Sunday to have fun and get home safely, so that’s why we urge you to plan your trip well in advance.”

TAC breath testing teams will be on course to help race goers avoid drink driving and will be set up at exit points to provide free breath tests, tea, coffee and water to racegoers.

During the racing season, the TAC conducts about 13,500 breath tests at events across regional Victoria.

TAC research shows that regional drivers are more likely to drink and drive than residents in metropolitan Melbourne.

The rationale behind regional drivers’ running the risk of drink driving included that they felt there was no other way to get home, their trip home hadn’t been planned and that they were a good driver and in control regardless of having consumed alcohol.

“Most Victorians spend a lot of time planning their outfits and not enough time thinking about the end of the day and how they’ll get home,” Ms Dore said.

“We urge all of you to think carefully about the safest options on offer to help you get home safely, so that your day at the races doesn’t end in tragedy.

“We encourage and applaud designated drivers who choose to do the right thing and help get their mates home safely,” Ms Dore said.

Taxis will be available to the racecourse and there will be buses to and from the cup.

For more information, visit the website www.countryracing.com.au/sale-turf-club

The TAC will be active at 30 country racing meetings across the state this spring racing season, focusing on areas known to be at a higher risk of road trauma.

The priority areas are based on the fatal and serious injury collision rates across regional Victoria.

For information about bus timetables to and from the Sale Cup, turn to page 18. A Sale Cup feature appears in today’s Gippsland Times, pages 15 to 18.