Being safe not sorry
being safe not sorry is a joint Victoria Police/Wellington Central Liquor
Accord program, introduced at Sale on 5th September, 2005. This successful and popular
program aims to educate the community about responsibility on both sides of the bar:
responsibly serving alcohol and responsibly consuming alcohol. Feedback consistently
indicates that this type of program is a potently effective way of educating the community
about the dangers of mixing alcohol and driving particularly at the lower, but illegal, blood
alcohol concentrations. Alarmingly 26 to 39 year olds females, a group with several years
driving experience who should know better, are increasingly driving with BAC?s of 0.05% to
0.10%, after drinking wine. They ignore the fact that the risk of a crash increases many times
over. The impairment in skill is also further compounded by the fact that drink drivers are
more likely to speed, less likely to wear a seatbelt and less likely to take steps to prevent
The 3 hour program provides liquor industry staff with extended training in their Responsible
Service of Alcohol. It also provides experiential learning for community groups on the
responsible consumption of alcohol and effectively reinforces health, drink driving and other
road safety messages.
The program is underpinned by responsibility and all participants are briefed regarding rules
and anticipated outcomes with prior risk assessments being undertaken. Participants
consume various amounts and types of intoxicating liquor during a meal and provide regular
breathalyser samples to measure their changes in blood alcoh0l levels. Skilled facilitators
use games to test reflexes and a quiz to reinforce health messages and drink driving laws.
Liquor industry staff are allocated small groups to monitor behavioural changes and
intoxication levels. Importantly this process refines their interpersonal skills when dealing
with people who are becoming intoxicated. At no stage is an industry representative
permitted to serve a person should they become intoxicated and transport is provided.
being safe not sorry continues to attract significant local media and its
expansion is recommended in the 2006 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Incidence and
Prevention of Pedestrian Accidents.