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Federal drink-drive campaign exceeds expectations



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j f t Bob Brown-V AUSTRALIA V- Mi ni s t e r f o r La n d t r a n s p o r t284/92 3 December 1992 f oFEDERAL DRINK-DRIVE CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONSThe Federal Government's latest campaign to combat drink-driving by distributing Get Smart Drivers Cards through BP service stations nation-wide, exceeded all expectations in its first 24 hours.Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today it had been planned to distribute 800 000 cards to motorists in the lead-up to Christmas.'However, in New South Wales, BP has been inundated with calls from service station operators saying they have run out of Get Smart Drivers Cards in the first 24 hours of the campaign.'At this rate, we're going to need another one million cards for men and women, nationally', Mr Brown said. ·ÎŠ can only put the phenomenal success of the campaign down to the support given by BP Australia and the Austereo radio network who are co-sponsoring the campaign with the Federal Office of Road Safety, and to other sections of the media and sporting stars such as rugby league's Greg Alexander who have given publicity unprecedented in a road safety campaign', Mr Brown said.'As well, the public's response has shown that the need for a simple rule-of-thumb device for staying under the 0.05 blood-alcohol limit had not been met in the past.'The incredible demand for the Get Smart Drivers Card demonstrates that the public is serious about the problem of drink-driving', Mr Brown added.Separate wallet-size Get Smart Drivers Cards, for men and women, explain in simple terms what comprises a standard drink — and that men are advised to take no more than two standard drinks in the first hour and no more than one standard drink each hour after that. Women are advised to take no more than one standard drink in any hour to reduce the likelihood of exceeding the blood-alcohol limit of 0.05.********Media inquiries: David Combe, Federal Office of Road Safety: (06) 274 7294Gary Kent, Minister Brown's office: (06) 277 7440 COMMONWEALTH parliam entary library m ic a hW MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA