By Andrew Starke
The National Leisure and Gaming (NLG) hotel group will work with the RTA to curb drink driving in the Campbelltown region over the festive season.
Mount Annan Club Hotel, Campbelltown Club Hotel and Leumeah Club Hotel will install breathalyser machines in the lead up to December / January to curb drink driving and raise awareness in the interest of patron safety and community responsibility.
The initiative has also been supported by the Campbelltown Liquor Accord of which all participating venue managers are members.
“Teaming up with the RTA, NLG will be given the opportunity to showcase our philosophy on community responsibility,” said NLG hotel group regional manager and chairman of the Campbelltown Liquor Accord, John Payne.
“Many of our entertainment venues have already implemented our safe venue project which includes initiatives like rewarding designated drivers to the venue with free soft drink throughout the duration of their visit.”
Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Of the people killed, 88 percent are men and 75 percent are under the age of 40.
“The RTA endorsed Drink Driving initiative will further allow our Campbelltown Region pubs to showcase our focus on patron safety and commitment to their local communities by assisting with the education surrounding this important issue,” Payne continued.
Since the introduction of random breath testing in 1982, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from 40 percent of all fatalities to the current level of 19 percent.
Last year police conducted 3.4 million breath tests in NSW.