Don't gamble with your life this cup day
MAC is urging punters to carefully plan how they will travel to and from their Melbourne Cup celebrations this year.
23 South Australians have lost their life or been seriously injured between 2007-2011 on the day marketed as the ‘Race that stops the nation’.
MAC Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Maguire, said planning how to get home is more important than planning what to wear.
“Nobody wants their Cup Day celebrations to turn into heartbreak. Each year nearly a third of drivers and riders killed in road crashes have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of 0.05.
“At around .05 or just over, your reaction time and judgment is significantly reduced. The likelihood of a crash is double at .05 and four times at .08.
“Drinking alcohol affects driving skills and increases the likelihood that the driver will engage in risk-taking behavior – such as not wearing a seatbelt.
“Addressing drink driving is the responsibility of all road users. The Government has a key role to play but the entire community needs to get involved in this important issue.
“We recognise that drinking alcohol is associated with occasions like the Melbourne Cup, but that is no justification to drink and drive.
“There are a range of alternative forms of transport including public transport, catching a cab or getting a lift with a designated driver who won’t drink.
“If you are going to drink, just don’t drive. Don’t make the mistake of being a little bit over. It’s not worth the risk of losing your licence, your life or the life of someone you care about,” Mr Maguire said.
South Australian Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer, Brenton Wilkinson, said all attendees at the One Solution Mobile and Data Melbourne Cup Day are encouraged to be responsible and utilise public transport or taxi’s so patrons can enjoy their day out and have a safe journey home.
“Trams will be stopping at the racecourse as per each Saturday giving racegoers direct access to the Bart Cummings entrance,” Mr Wilkinson said.
Forensic results for 2011 show that 21% of drivers and riders killed had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05 or more. Over two thirds of these people were more than three times over the legal limit.