South Burnett town features in iconic British show
A POLICE initiative used to motivate South Burnett drivers to stay sober was at the centre of attention on a world-renowned BBC quiz show.
The panel of QI on BBC Two were perplexed that Nanango Police rewarded drivers for returning a road side breath test in 2016 with an entry to go into the draw to win a prize.
QI presenter Sandi Toksvig told the panel:
"In 2016, traffic police in the Australian town of Nanango in Queensland started offering cash prizes to any driver found to be sober. Any driver who was stopped and tested and had a zero blood alcohol limit entered into a prize draw and it gave them a chance of winning $500."
A panellist replied: "Is not being arrested not enough of an incentive?"
While Nanango Police did run an initiative while conducting RBTs in 2016, drivers did not receive $500 in cash.
In 2016 a Queensland Police Service spokesperson said drivers who returned a zero reading in December would go into the draw to win one of four $200 shopping vouchers at IGA Nanango, Airds Hardware or Nanango Motors.
The police ran the competition in conjunction with Heritage Bank Community Benefit Fund and Nanango Community Men's Shed.
The competition was part of Project Sober Roads implemented by Nanango Police.