Catch New Year's Eve Nightrider bus

17 December 2015

Having a drink on New Year's Eve? Then ditch the keys and take the Nightrider bus home.

AlburyCity will run a late night bus service on New Year's Eve that will drop people at their doorstep for just $5.

The initiative aims to give people a safe transport alternative and encourages them to leave the car at home during the party season.

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven said the Nightrider was a great service, costing just $5, and urged people to catch the bus and leave the car at home on New Year's Eve.

"If you're drinking, ditch the keys – the Nightrider bus will take you to your doorstep," Cr van de Ven said.

"It will be leaving from some of Albury's biggest party spots, right in the heart of the CBD. We're encouraging everyone to make the most of the service, or at least have a Plan B to get home."

Cr van de Ven said that more than 120 people caught the Nightrider bus last year and urged more to catch the bus.

Alcohol was a contributing factor in 5.1% of crashes in Albury between January 2009 and December 2013. Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. 

Of the drink drivers who are killed, 97% are men and 64% are under the age of 40.

In NSW, police have the power to stop drivers at random to test for alcohol, arrest drivers who have an illegal BAC level, arrest drivers they believe are impaired by drugs including alcohol, conduct a blood and urine test and require a driver to undergo a sobriety test in certain circumstances. 

Nightrider bus - New Year's Eve 
Departing from Albury Harness Racing Club Mate Street, from 12am
Departing from outside Soho, in Dean Street, 1am - 5am
Cost $5