Party goers reminded to plan ahead

Christmas party-goers are being urged to make sure a good night out ends that way by planning their journey home.

As part of a Christmas safety tips campaign, Dudley’s community safety partnership wants people to get home safely after a night out. They are warning people not to drink and drive and is encouraging the use of public transport.

People planning to get home in a taxi should also ensure it is licensed as unlicensed vehicles are not insured to carry passengers and may not be trustworthy. If you’re intending to travel by car, allocate a designated driver - don’t drink or take drugs and drive.

If you plan to use public transport you can check journey times by calling travel line on 0871 200 22 33 (8am to 8pm) or visiting before you head out.

Private hire vehicles can be booked in advance through licensed operators, when booking in this way always ask for a quote.  Hackney carriages can be hailed in the street or hired at a taxi-rank without pre-arrangement.

When travelling home, revellers are encouraged to try to travel with a friend, always make sure their mobile is charged and ensure they have enough cash for their journey. Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:

“Often after having a good night and a few drinks people don’t put enough importance on ensuring they get home safely. We want people to enjoy the festive period so it’s really important to plan your journey home in advance and make sure a good night out ends that way.”   


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