‘Keys Please’ to promote safe transport for Byron youth
Fergus Gammie, Deputy Director General of Transport for NSW today announced the NSW Government will provide $23,000 funding for the ‘Keys Please’ project in Byron Shire to encourage young people to follow safe driver and travel behaviour.
"With warmer weather and the festive season on the way, young people will be out and about celebrating and it’s important for them to be aware of available transport options to get to and from their destination safely," Mr Gammie said.
"The funding will be used to support ‘Keys Please’, a new initiative to encourage festival and event revellers to hand over their car keys to the ‘Keys Please Legend’ and in return will be offered a free breath test and transport information when they return to collect their keys.
"Keys Please Legends will offer safe celebrating information as well as support during local festivals and events, including a free non-alcoholic drink.
"In regional areas such as Byron, which attracts young party-goers, there needs to be widely available information to promote transport options and encourage young people to make safe decisions when it comes to driving," Mr Gammie said.
In the five years from 2005 to 2010 there were 1,367 reported crashes involving 17 to 20 year olds in Byron Shire. Of those, alcohol was a contributing factor in 8 per cent of all crashes - almost double the NSW average for the same period.
"The ‘Keys Please’ project informs young people about available transport options and encourages safe driver behaviour, minimising the risk of misadventure or serious crashes.
"This is one of the initiatives being funded by the NSW Government under the Regional Transport Coordination Program, which aims to improve access to transport for regional communities and promote regional connectivity," Mr Gammie said.
‘Keys Please’ will begin on 2 December 2013 and will run for 12 months.
More information about the Regional Transport Coordination Program and how to apply for funding can be found at transport.nsw.gov.au