Booze bus the safe way to cruise home
THERE is no excuse for Coffs Harbour Christmas revellers to drink and drive with Friday nightcruiser services starting this week.
They will begin on Friday and run until January 21 and will be operated by Bus-ways and Sawtell Coaches.
The services will cover the Coffs Harbour CBD, the Jetty area, Bray Street, West Coffs, the Coffs Harbour Health Campus, the Coffs Harbour Education Campus, Toormina and Sawtell.
Security guards will be on the services, which will run from 9.30pm to 2.30am each Friday. Normal bus fares will apply.
"This is the first major exercise of the Coffs Harbour Liquor Accord which was established last December to create a local, co-operative approach to crime reduction caused by alcohol-related behaviour within our community," Coffs Harbour City Council road safety officer Anne Shearer said.
"Members represent licensed premises throughout the Coffs Harbour region and businesses or groups that have a vested interest in helping to stem the problems caused by alcohol-related activities.
"These include Coffs Harbour City Council, NSW Police, the RTA, the Department of Gaming and Racing, North Coast Institute of TAFE, Mid North Coast Area Health Service, Clubs NSW and the Australian Hoteliers Association.
"We're hoping that the Friday Nightcruiser service will be used by anyone wishing to travel during these hours, such as movie-goers, shift workers, restaurant patrons, and those enjoying the Coffs Jetty Foreshores Carnival in the harbour area."