People urged to keep drinking and driving separate as Bendigo Cup approaches

SAFE: Ashlee Gagens keeps alcohol and driving separate.
SAFE: Ashlee Gagens keeps alcohol and driving separate.

WITH the Bendigo Cup approaching, racegoers have been urged to keep drinking separate from driving.

The Transport Accident Commission has reminded people to plan alternative transport home if they plan on drinking.

“In the excitement of the race day, it can be hard for people to keep track of how much alcohol they’ve consumed so the safest way is to completely separate drinking from driving,” TAC road safety manager Samantha Buckis said.

She said while it was legal to drive with a blood alcohol level under 0.05, any alcohol in a person’s system impaired their judgement and ability to drive safely.

Research shows drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 are five times more likely to have a crash than before they started drinking and at 0.12, that risk increases tenfold.

TAC staff will be at the track on Bendigo Cup day, providing free breath tests, tea, coffee, water and giving Ticketek vouchers to those who have planned a safe way home.