Don’t take chances when it comes to get­ting home from your Christ­mas Party

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

RE­CENT fig­ures in Ire­land make for wor­ry­ing read­ing when it comes to drink driv­ing where on av­er­age 51 peo­ple out of every 1,000 are found to be driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. Over the past ten years coun­ties Kerry and Cork have re­ported nearly 20,000 cases of drink driv­ing be­tween them (Kerry, 4,743; Cork 14,996) and while Christ­mas might be an en­joy­able time for most of us, it can so eas­ily turn to tragedy for many fam­i­lies when un­nec­es­sary and silly risks are taken by peo­ple when it comes to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

Of­ten when the feel good fac­tor is high around Christ­mas party time it can lead to temp­ta­tion when it comes to get­ting home. Thank­fully in 2017 the mes­sage in Kerry re­gard­ing the dan­gers of drink driv­ing at Christ­mas was a suc­cess with Gardaí re­port­ing only seven ar­rests.

How­ever, we all know it takes only one in­ci­dent to ruin so many lives and cau­tion is still ad­vised as Christ­mas 2018 and party sea­son draws ever closer. One way to help com­bat the scourge of drink driv­ing is to make travel plans part of your prepa­ra­tions.

There are count­less taxi and mini bus com­pa­nies out there that can work with you to en­sure all rev­ellers are safely dropped home once the party fin­ishes.

Hire buses for a cer­tain time; ar­range for a set num­ber of taxis to pick peo­ple up; dis­cuss routes and ar­range a spe­cially re­duced fare for party goers.

It’s easy to pick up the phone and con­tact your lo­cal taxi op­er­a­tor and make them part of your Christ­mas party prepa­ra­tions. Don’t drink and drive and help keep your night a great one.

Don’t spoil your night out, there are count­less taxi and mini bus com­pa­nies out there that can work with you to en­sure all rev­ellers are safely dropped home once the party fin­ishes.

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