GO HOME SAFELY WITH A FREE RIDE

Herald Sun - - NEWS - PE­TER ROLFE

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.

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