Free bus rides on offer after Cup

COFFS Harbour City Council is once again providing a FREE Nightrider bus service to take people home after this year's Coffs Cup on August 2.

"We want race-goers to get home safely and we want to do all we can to cut the numbers of alcohol-related road crashes that happen on our roads," said Anne Shearer, Council's Road Safety and Transport Officer.

"Between 2006 and 2010, there have been 92 crashes - four of them fatal - on roads in the Coffs and Clarence area involving alcohol.

Last year, Police found 13 drivers out of 601 tested on Coffs Cup day were over the limit. Those figures may not look that high, but it's still 13 too many.

"The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can be the loss of your licence, a fine, the loss of your job, the loss of the respect of friends and family, or even a crash involving injury or death. Is it worth it?

"If you want to let your hair down at the Cup, then just make sure you leave the car at home and arrange to take the bus, get a lift with a designated, non-drinking driver or catch a taxi. Those decisions could save your life or someone else's. Our message is 'take the bus, not the rap'."

The Police RBT teams will again be out in force on Coffs Cup day and during the night.

Council's FREE Nightrider service will be picking up passengers from the CBD - outside the Empire kebab shop on the Pacific Highway - and also from Ocean Parade, adjacent to the Hoey Moey.

Coffs Harbour Racing Club is also providing buses on Coffs Cup day from the club between 4pm and 6pm.

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