'Blow Zero and Win' in Northam

Posted on: Monday, 17 June 2019 at 12:00:00 AM

From Easter through until the end of National Road Safety Week in May, Northam Police conducted a 'Blow Zero and Win' campaign.

Drivers who recorded a 0.00 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) when stopped for a Random Breath Test (RBT) were given tickets to enter a draw for a variety of local prizes, including $50 'Northam Dollars', Quin’s Gourmet Butcher
vouchers and Northam Sportspower vouchers.

Stefan Buitendijk, Frances Doye, Karen McKenzie, Sue Connell and Natalie Matjuszenko were the five winners of this locally organised and implemented campaign.

An initiative of the Shire of Northam RoadWise Committee, the campaign aimed to reward drivers who do the right thing by not drinking anything before getting behind the wheel.

During the campaign period, police conducted more than 1200 RBTs and of those, only two resulted in drink driving charges, so it seems the drivers of Northam are definitely getting the message: drink driving is never okay.

Senior Sergeant David Hornsby of Northam Police said “The number of people killed or seriously injured on WA roads where alcohol was a factor has reduced from 313 in 2008 to 92 in 2015. But that’s still 92 too many."

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Pictured above: Two of the winners of the 'Blow Zero and Win' campaign, with Northam business partners, police officers and 'Northam Dollars'.

To find out how you can get involved in addressing road safety issues in the Wheatbelt North region, email Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson csimpson@walga.asn.au or call 0409 686 138.

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