Revellers urged to plan ahead to ensure they get home safely

Pictured are members of the joint group at the launch of the initiative.
Pictured are members of the joint group at the launch of the initiative.

Police in Angus are encouraging party-goers this festive season to drink responsibly and ensure they get home safely.

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

With that in mind, local police have joined forces with Focus on Alcohol Angus and taxi operators to urge revellers to plan ahead and make suitable arrangements.

They are also reminding those drinking alcohol that the drink drive limit was reduced on December 5 and recommending using public transport, including taxis, to get to and from their 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.

Frank Brand, operations director with Links Cabs, Carnoustie, said: “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.”

Police Scotland, Focus on Alcohol Angus and Links Cabs are working together to reinforce the message by handing out cards with Links Cabs contact information and contact details for Focus on Alcohol Angus.