Make it your goal to be safe
THE highly anticipated AFL grand final is here, and amid the football finals fever we must remember to behave responsibly on the roads.
The grand final long weekend will see footy fans travelling to friends’ houses, pubs, parties and other venues to watch the epic showdown between the Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers.
Long weekends are a time to celebrate, to get the family together and enjoy a muchneeded break with friends.
However, despite regular road safety campaigns by Victoria Police, there are still too many collisions on our roads, especially during long weekends.
You would think by now that drivers understand the potentially fatal consequences of driving with drugs or alcohol in their system, but sadly this is not the case.
Luckily, no one lost their lives on the roads during last year’s AFL grand final weekend, however, we did have about 120 collisions where people suffered injuries.
Of the drivers stopped by police, 250 drivers were caught with alcohol in their system and 202 drivers were found driving with an illicit substance in their system.
During celebrations, you might think you are right to drive, but alcohol can stay in your system hours after consumption, and drugs can stay in your system for days.
More drivers travelling to and from AFL grand final celebrations mean we must take extra care behind the wheel.
Stand up to your mates if they are looking to drive after a boozy barbecue.
Order them a taxi or arrange alternative transport because we all want to remember grand final day as a day for celebration, not regret.
Have fun, throw some party pies in the oven and crack open a coldie but most of all, be safe.
Regardless of the result on Saturday, road safety should be everyone’s number one goal.