MAKING the decision not to drink and drive makes you a hero. That's the message from local police in the lead-up to the October long weekend.
The Go Zero and be a Hero campaign aims to encourage motorists to be safe and responsible by rewarding their good behaviour.
During the long weekend, when a driver registers a breathalysed blood alcohol content of 0.000 at selected random breath-testing sites they will receive a numbered ticket and go into the draw to win prizes.
They include bistro vouchers, gift certificates and double passes to the Ryobi Cup to watch NSW Cricket in action.
The campaign is a joint initiative between Green Valley and Liverpool police and the Liverpool Liquor Accord.
Liverpool licensing sergeant Jillian Gibson said police will breathalyse up to 5000 motorists over the long weekend.
"It's during this time of year that we find a lot more people on the roads travelling at greater distances,"she said.
"This year Liverpool and Green Valley police have charged over 200 people with drink-driving offences.
Sergeant Gibson said drink-driving related car accidents not only affect victims but also their families and emergency service crews.
"One of the hardest jobs in the NSW Police is telling someone that their family member has died as a result of someone's negligence," she said.
"We need people to be heroes. We need you to think about the decision that you're making by getting behind the wheel of a car and taking someone else's life in your hands."