Uber teams with beer gi­ant in grand fi­nal safety push

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FOOTY fans can score a voucher to­wards Uber rides on AFL grand fi­nal day as author­i­ties try to save lives on Vic­to­ria’s roads.

In the lead-up to the grand fi­nal long week­end, author­i­ties are send­ing a mes­sage to fans that they should leave their cars at home. In a bid to drive home the road safety mes­sage, ride shar­ing ser­vice Uber and beer gi­ant CUB will offer $20 vouch­ers to be used any­where in Mel­bourne on Septem­ber 30, the day of the premier­ship de­cider.

Vic­to­ria’s top traf­fic of­fi­cer, As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Doug Fryer, said 120 peo­ple were in­jured dur­ing last year’s foot­ball long week­end. “Last year, we had no deaths on Vic­to­rian roads on this long week­end; now that is the bench­mark we want to achieve this time,’’ Mr Fryer said.

“The year be­fore we had three deaths, but even last year we had 250 peo­ple picked up for drink-driv­ing, over 200 for drug-driv­ing.

“We don’t want to see that again.’’

Mr Fryer urged peo­ple to con­sider the “hid­den cost’’ of road in­juries.

Brisbane Lions footy great Jonathan Brown urged sup­port­ers to cel­e­brate smartly.

“When you’re ex­cited and singing the yel­low and black, just re­mem­ber, make a smart de­ci­sion on how to get home and you won’t ruin the rest of your life or some­one else’s life,’’ Brown said.

The free Uber vouch­ers will be avail­able online from to­day un­til Septem­ber 28.

CUB ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer Colling­wood foot­baller Paul Don­ald­son said there were no ex­cuses to drink-drive as there were too many op­tions to safely get home.

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