Get home safe this Christmas

Home safe: Focus on Alcohol, Carnoustie taxi drivers and police joined forces on Friday to warn against the dangers of drink over the festive period. From left - Laura Ogilvie, Elaine Healy, Alison Pritchard, Kerrie Moir, Frank Brand and Sergeant Colin Cunningham.
Home safe: Focus on Alcohol, Carnoustie taxi drivers and police joined forces on Friday to warn against the dangers of drink over the festive period. From left - Laura Ogilvie, Elaine Healy, Alison Pritchard, Kerrie Moir, Frank Brand and Sergeant Colin Cunningham.

Police in Angus along with partners from Focus on Alcohol Angus and Links Cabs Carnoustie, are encouraging party goers to make suitable arrangements to get home safely this festive season and to drink responsibly.

With a number of office parties, family gatherings and social functions organised at this time of the year, many people who are out to enjoy themselves may find that they increase their alcohol consumption.

Police remind those who choose to drink alcohol that the drink drive limit was reduced in Scotland on December 5, and advise those visiting or travelling within the Angus area to plan their travel arrangements in advance. Don’t put yourself or others at risk by driving your vehicle after drinking alcohol during this festive season - they encourage the use of public transport, including taxis, to get to and from your destinations.

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Angus Area Commander and chairman for Focus on Alcohol Angus, said; “Some very simple things like planning ahead for your night out, organising your travel arrangements, sticking with your friends and being sensible about how much you drink is a responsible approach to any night out.

“The festive season does encourage more social activity through work, friends and family and for this reason it is even more important to make arrangements to get home safely.

“This joint initiative is designed around keeping people safe and to encourage more thought around travel arrangements and in particular deterring drink driving and getting people home safely.

“Have fun and enjoy yourself but do it sensibly, responsibly and safely.”

Mr Frank Brand, Operations Director with Links Cabs, Carnoustie who are also part of the Angus Reputable Trader Scheme said: “We are very happy to be involved with this initiative as we also see the importance of safety for our customers through our own text and call back service. This allows us to contact our customers to confirm our attendance for customer reassurance.

“Pre-booking helps us too, ensuring that we can organise our operations to accommodate our customers at a very busy time of the year.”