Services tackle driving issue
WHEN Joel Jensen is out with mates, getting home after a few drinks can become a problem-solving exercise.
Living out of town at Modanville means Joel, 18, needs to spend $50 to catch a cab home or he is in for an awfully long walk.
So staying at a mate's house or phoning his parents to pick him up are the only options if he doesn't want to be caught drink-driving.
Mary Gilhooleys bar attendant Crystal Osborne, 23, said walking home to East Lismore after a night out was her solution.
“It's cheaper than catching a taxi,” she said.
“I know some people get their parents to pick them up.”
Mary Gilhooleys manager Scott Batchelor said the bar would be trialling a free bus service for students, picking them up from Southern Cross University colleges and returning them home at midnight.
“It's hard for the students because they are scattered all over the place and it's a $30 cab fare into town,” he said.
Mr Batchelor said the service would start next year, on Thursday nights.
Another option is the Latenighter Bus Service on a Saturday night.
Lismore City Council road safety officer Salina Runge said the service began in 2005 to fill a gap in public transport services on Saturday nights.
Ms Runge said the number of people using the $3 service had grown each year, with an increase of 500 people since July 2007.
For more details visit www.lismore.nsw.gov.au
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