Police urge you to take a taxi for Xmas


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

Police Scotland, Focus on Alcohol Angus and Links Cabs, Carnoustie, are working together to reinforce the message ‘Get home safe this Christmas’ by handing out cards including contact details for Focus on Alcohol Angus.

Police conclude: “Remember when you are organising your night out this festive season to consider your transport carefully - have fun, enjoy yourself but keep safe and party safe!”