LUSC action coincides with NSW drink driving laws

Laurieton United Services Club manager Rob Dwyer and Laurieton RSL president Budgie Parrot. The club's courtesy bus is now available any time during the day.
Laurieton United Services Club manager Rob Dwyer and Laurieton RSL president Budgie Parrot. The club's courtesy bus is now available any time during the day.

Laurieton United Services Club manager Rob Dwyer says the club has taken steps to ensure safety for residents after new drink driving laws were implemented.

The new NSW laws were introduced on Monday, May 20, where by all drink-driving offenders can immediately lose their licence.

According to the NSW Roads and Maritime Services website, prior to the reforms all drivers charged with drink driving were required to attend court.

"Drivers who were charged with a low range offence did not lose their licence immediately, and were able to continue to drive until their court date," it states.

A low range blood alcohol concentration is from 0.05 to less than 0.08.

In 2012 the NSW Government introduced a plan B drink driving campaign in an effort to engage the community about making alternative arrangements to get home.

Mr Dwyer said the club has introduced a plan C, whereby people can call the club at any time during the day for access to the courtesy bus.

Previously the courtesy bus had only been available from 4pm.

Mr Dwyer said safety is key and people can obtain a free ride home thanks to the bus.

"It's our way of ensuring people aren't doing the wrong thing and aren't tempted to do the wrong thing," he said.

Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams said the new reforms make it clear if people break the law, they will pay the price.

"We are taking a zero approach to drink and drug driving," she said.

For more information regarding the new drink driving laws please visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au

To book the LUSC courtesy bus, please call the club on 6559 9110.

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