Drink vouchers to reward non drink-driving motorists

SUNSHINE Coast drivers who blow zero at roadside breath tests will be given vouchers for free non-alcoholic drinks in a government effort to curb fatalities.

The State Government has provided $50,000 to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council for two left-field safe driving pilot projects.

The funding will go towards two programs, one of which will offer breath tests to revellers at Maroochydore and Mooloolaba pubs.

Late night punters will also be offered $5 Go Cards and taxi vouchers to encourage them to take alternative modes of transport.

As part of the other program, drivers who are stopped at RBTs and blow zero will be given a voucher for a non-alcoholic drink at night spots.

While the incentives are token and the amounts minimal, Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said the programs were designed to put driver safety at the front of people's minds.

"(The number of alcohol-related fatalities) is too high, but I think any death is too high," she said.

"It is a major issue in our community and I think now is a really good time to act.

"There are a lot of people concerned about drink driving.

"What I like about this program is that it is reinforcing positive behaviour."

Rollout of the programs will begin in the new year.

Do you think it's a good idea to give drink vouchers to those who blow zero at RBTs?

This poll ended on 08 November 2013.

Current Results

Yes - I think it will have a huge impact on drink driving


It will barely be noticable


No - it's a waste of money


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Between 2008 and 2012, 29 out of 126 road fatalities on the Coast were alcohol related.

Ms Simpson said increasing awareness was an important part of curbing the road toll.

"(Drink driving) is an issue and (the project) is keeping the matter fresh in people's minds," he said.

"In my eyes, it's generating discussion. It says 'make sure you don't forget', it's prompting awareness and keeping the issue alive."

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