Skipper Program

To discourage people from drinking and driving, the Department of Transport and Main Roads road safety officers on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts have implemented a designated driver program call Skipper at participating licensed premises.

Drink driving contributes to 22 percent of all fatal crashes.  Most people do not drink and drive on a regular basis, however research shows that 20 percent of Queenslanders drove home at least once in the past 12 months after drinking.

The Skipper program encourages people to plan ahead and consider how they are going to get home safely after having a few drinks.  This can help avoid any inconvenience later, or the temptation to drink and drive.  It is all about safe driving and making sure the Skipper and their friends and family get home safely.

Participating premises offer free soft drinks to the designated Skipper.  In order to receive the free soft drinks, the Skipper needs to register with the bar staff to receive a wristband.  The Skipper simply shows the wristband to order free soft drink.  Note: eligibility in the program is at the discretion of the bar staff.

For more information on the Skipper program, contact a senior road safety advisor on 1300360135.

For a list of the Sunshine Coast venues who are registered with the program, please visit the Transport and Main Roads website:
http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Road-Safety/Skipper-program.aspx

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