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Plan B Win a Swag Competition Targeting Christmas Silly Season

Local Police, pubs and sporting clubs throughout the Warrumbungle Shire area will be participating in the ‘Plan B Win a Swag competition’ initiative throughout December.

Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd said, “Council, Police and around 19 local businesses and sporting clubs throughout the Shire are working together to achieve a common goal to reduce drink driving on local roads.”

Cr Todd said, “the ‘Win a Swag’ competition initiative involves participants writing down their safe ‘Plan B’ option to avoid driving under the influence of alcohol. All they need to do is pop this into an entry box across the Shire along with their contact details. The
winning ticket will be drawn on New Years eve.”

“This campaign is not only being run in Warrumbungle Shire Council but also in other local government areas throughout Central West NSW as part of the Local Government Road Safety Program and a Road User Safety Project”, said Cr Todd.

Cr Todd said that “driving under the influence of alcohol is seen as an issue in Western NSW as the number of ‘Plan B’ options is restricted due to limited public transport. What this campaign hopes to show that that there are other options available, such as
sleeping in a swag.”

According to Centre for Road Safety, alcohol was a contributing factor in over 15% of fatalities and 6% of serious injuries on NSW roads last year, with those percentages increasing when only country NSW areas are considered.

Crashes on NSW roads significantly increase over the Christmas and New Years ‘silly season’ and one of the big contributors is drink driving. Double demerit points will be in place from Friday, 21 December 2018 to Tuesday, 1 January 2019.

Cr Todd concluded by saying “I encourage the community to get involved in the Plan B Win a Swag Competition and to travel safely over the Christmas period.”

For more information about this campaign contact Warrumbungle Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Cheyenne O’Brien.

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Last Updated: 18 Dec 2018

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