A safe way to party

REVELLERS enjoying a night out during the Christmas and New Year festivities are being urged to think about how they will get home.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 18th December 2011, 11:00 am

Central Beds Council is reminding partygoers to follow some simple tips to ensure their safety.

If you are walking home keep to well-lit main roads where possible and avoid alleys, wasteground and wooded areas. Wherever possible try to walk home with someone you know or try to share a lift.

If you do decided to take a cab it is always important to make sure that a lift home is a legitimate taxi. Drivers should have their licence on display and all hackney taxis and black cabs display a taxi sign on the roof of their vehicle, a numbered carriage plate near the rear bumper and a smaller numbered carriage plate in the front windscreen.

Private hire vehicles, which can not be hailed in the street, will display a numbered private hire plate on the rear bumper and a smaller numbered plate in the front windscreen.

Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities services, said: “It is important to look after your safety on a night out and ensure your party is a night to remember for all the right reasons.”