GO HOME SAFELY WITH A FREE RIDE
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 out the message to fans that they should leave cars at home.
In a bid to drive home the road-safety message, 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, revealed 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,’’ he 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.’’
Assistant Commissioner Fryer urged people to consider the “hidden cost’’ of road injuries.
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,’’ he 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 and drive because there were too many options to get home safely.