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Christmas party-goers urged to work on a Plan B

Christmas is fast approaching and the planning of annual Christmas parties is in full swing. It’s now time to consider : Do you and your workplace have a Plan B?

With the help of the Orange Liquor Accord and the Taxis of Orange Co-operative , Orange City Council and Cabonne Council are encouraging employers to put a Plan B in place for their staff Christmas celebrations this year.

By being part of the ‘Plan B’ road safety campaign, workplaces can receive free taxi vouchers.

Businesses can register their workplace Christmas party online.

The first 10 businesses that register each week will receive up to 10 taxi vouchers valued at $10 each.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the right planning will deliver a fun and safe Christmas party.

HOME SAFELY : People organising their work Christmas party are being encouraged to make a taxi their Plan B. Road Safety Officer Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan and Orange taxi driver Rod Moscrop are supporting the campaign.

“If you’re celebrating and alcohol is involved, then it’s simple. Leave the car at home and make a taxi your Plan B,” Mayor Reg Kidd said.

“With the support of the hotels of the Orange Liquor Accord and the Taxis of Orange we encourage all businesses to register their workplace Christmas party. It’s important that all workmates are aware of the risks of drink-driving and the consequences for their families”

Road Safety Officer for Orange and Cabonne Councils Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said employers should reinforce the road safety message at this time of year.

“Managers and supervisors wouldn’t think twice about looking after their staff by keeping their workplace safe and organized to avoid potential trip hazards,” Andrea Hamilton-Vaughan said. “It’s the same with planning a Christmas party, to make sure everyone gets home safely.”

The Orange Liquor Accord is contributing $2,000 towards the costs of the campaign. Orange Liquor Accord chair, Mr Mark Murphy said a taxi voucher could make all the difference to a successful Christmas party.

“Calling a cab after a Christmas party is a great way of looking after your work-mates and making sure they get home safely.”

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