WITH less than a week to go until Coffs Harbour Gold Cup day, racegoers are being offered an alternative, and free, way to get home safely that night.
There will be a free Nightrider bus services running both north and south of Coffs Harbour and many local venues are also stepping in and providing free shuttle buses to and from the Coffs Harbour Racing Club and their venues.
"We are encouraging everyone to have a Plan B and leave the car at home," council's road safety and transport officer, Anne Shearer, said.
"If you can't catch a bus, catch a taxi, get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or walk.
"Police will be conducting random breath testing at a number of locations throughout the day and night.
"The consequences of drink driving can be severe, including loss of licence, a large fine, loss of job, injury and even death."
Nightrider services will be departing from near the Taxi Zone on the Pacific Hwy in the city centre, the Jetty Strip bus stop and the Hoey Moey.
Buses to Woolgoolga and the Northern Beaches will depart the city centre at 9.30pm, 10.45pm and 12.30am and the other two stops shortly afterwards.
Buses to Toormina, Sawtell and Middle Boambee will be leaving from the city centre at 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.
The Nightrider bus does have limited seats per trip so passengers will be allowed to ride on a first come, first served basis.