A good time was had by all

NT News - - OPINION -

RAN­DOM Sober Bobs have come out of the wood­work, vol­un­teer­ing to give drunk pun­ters rides home from Dar­win’s an­nual Bass in the Grass mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The gig is sold out — buses will be push­ing ca­pac­ity and cabs will be in high de­mand.

So if you’re stranded for a ride and per­haps tempted to get be­hind the wheel, hold your horses and, for god’s sake, dial a good Sa­mar­i­tan! Get be­hind this com­mu­nity-minded idea. The peo­ple vol­un­teer­ing for the ser­vice aren’t weirdos; they are just tired of hear­ing about sense­less road ac­ci­dent in­juries and deaths.

Not to be a buz­zkill, but if drinkers (and peo­ple tak­ing mind-al­ter­ing il­licit sub­stances) can re­mem­ber that driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence has a ter­ri­fy­ingly de­cent chance of see­ing them land be­hind bars charged with some­one’s death, maybe they would hes­i­tate long enough to hit up a pseudo-mum for a ride home.

The other rea­son not to do it? The cops are go­ing to be out en masse. How does no li­cence for a year sound? It’s not just drink or drug driv­ing that needs to be dis­cour­aged. Prob­a­bly don’t bring drugs into Bass. If your stash is sniffed out you could lose a fun day with your mates and gain some se­ri­ous crim­i­nal charges or — if you’re U18 — an un­com­fort­able ride home with the cops and an awk­ward con­ver­sa­tion with your par­ents.

Ba­si­cally, peeps just need to have good fes­ti­val eti­quette. Try not to jump on any­one’s feet and if you’re su­per tall have a bit of com­pas­sion for the lit­tle peo­ple cran­ing their necks be­hind you. In the spirit of the 1990s class­room-style Bass in the Grass safety video NT Po­lice re­leased this week, just don’t be a c**k.

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