Stay safe on your fes­tive party night

Hamilton Advertiser - - DON’T DRINK & DRIVE -

The 2018 party sea­son is al­most upon us.

And while it’s all good fun catch­ing up and so­cial­is­ing with fam­ily and friends, Po­lice Scot­land is ask­ing every­one to take a few min­utes to plan ahead when out and about to en­sure that they have a fun and safe Christ­mas.

Here are some tips that could help pre­vent your night from end­ing badly:

•Plan your Christ­mas night out – charge your mo­bile, re­mem­ber to take it with you and think about how you’ll get home.

•Book a taxi from a rep­utable com­pany or ar­range for a fam­ily mem­ber or friend to pick you up.

•If drink­ing al­co­hol, be sen­si­ble about how much you con­sume. A drunk per­son is a far eas­ier tar­get for a crim­i­nal.

•Don’t leave your drinks unat­tended

•Stick with friends – don’t leave a night out on your own or with strangers.

•Take care of each other and make sure you all get home safely.

•Stay safe on your jour­ney home - never take iso­lated short cuts. Keep to busy ar­eas and on pub­lic trans­port, sit where there are lots of other peo­ple. If you’re us­ing a taxi, make sure it’s li­censed.

•Driv­ers should be mind­ful that partygoers, par­tic­u­larly those un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol can step out/stag­ger onto the road with­out warn­ing. Slow down when in crowded ar­eas.

Al­co­hol free Could you be per­suaded to try mock­tails this party sea­son?140115mock­tails_05

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