Uber teams with beer giant in grand final safety push
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.