Staying sober is a wild ride

Shane Cribb at the Jetty Carnival.
Shane Cribb at the Jetty Carnival. Bruce Thomas/Coffs Coast Advocate

A SCHEME that offers free carnival rides to teenagers if they stay sober on New Year's Eve has been hailed a success for another year.

Every year, March's Carnival, John Logan, Coffs/Clarence Police and this year the Ted Noffs Foundation have joined forces to operate the Booze Free Ride Free initiative.

Youth liaison officer Senior Constable Tanya McDevitt said the scheme has a huge impact on curbing youth alcohol related crime.

“This initiative is successful every year because it rewards kids for doing the right thing by offering them a free night of carnival rides in the New Year for remaining sober on New Year's Eve,” she said.

Last year 300 young people registered throughout the night and this year saw 350 teenagers take part.

Organiser John Logan said the initiative is a small way of addressing youth alcohol issues.

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