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With the death toll on the roads still increasing, police are always looking for ways to urge drivers to not drink and drive.

Their latest endeavour to keep road users alive is to offer them a free coffee for good behaviour.

Zarraffas Coffee South Tweed and the New South Wales Police are teaming up to make sure that the opening of pubs and clubs remains as safe as possible.

Zarraffas Coffee South Tweed will be handing out 1,000 free coffees for those that blow 0.00 when they are stopped at a roadside breathalyser during the July School Holidays.

Zarraffas Coffee Franchisee Melissa Sanagan said it’s been a pretty tough couple of months for everyone. ‘This is a really positive way that we can combine doing something for our community as well as including a driver safety initiative.’

For the last three months, Zarraffas Coffee has been promoting a local heroes initiative by giving frontline service workers free upgrades on all drinks. ‘We had a really positive experience supporting our local heroes and this is the next way we can give back. We are a drive-through business, so we thought this ticked all the boxes for us in promoting positive behaviours on the road,’ said Ms Sanagan.

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Senior Sergeant Chad George said with pubs and clubs opening and the NSW Police reinvigorating roadside breath testing, this is a really positive way to remind drivers about their responsibilities on the road. ‘The fatal five on the

roads don’t ever go away, and this is a great relationship with Zarraffas South Tweed to be able to reward positive behaviour on the roads.’

The Tweed Byron Police District’s Detective Chief Inspector Matt Kehoe that sadly we continue to see examples of drink driving on our local roads. Hopefully this positive message and reinforcement will deter some drivers. ‘Police will be out in force over the school holiday period and hopefully we can hand out plenty of free coffees rather than court attendance notices and licence suspensions.’

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