Make it your goal to be safe

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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