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Leave the car at home and make a taxi your Plan B this Christmas

By November 1, 2022November 16th, 2022News, Road Safety

The silly season is almost upon us and now is the time to ask yourself, do you have a Plan B to get home safely?

The Orange and Cabonne Road Safety Program is encouraging everyone to leave the car at home when celebrating the festive season at their work Christmas party.

Council’s annual taxi voucher campaign began on Tuesday 1 November, for workplaces to register their staff Christmas party to go in the weekly draw for free $10 taxi vouchers.

The campaign is designed to encourage all drivers to leave the car at home and make a taxi your Plan B.

Orange Mayor Jason Hamling encouraged everyone to think ahead, plan to catch a taxi and get home safely to their family this Christmas.

“I’m sure everyone is looking forward to relaxing and celebrating at their work Christmas parties this year,” Cr Hamling said.

LEAVE THE CAR AT HOME: What’s your plan B?

“Celebrating safely is simple, leave the car at home and make a taxi your Plan B. We’re all aware of the tragic consequences of drink driving for families, and it’s only made more heartbreaking when it happens around the festive season.”

“It’s so easily preventable. I urge everyone to ditch the car keys when celebrating this year and look out for your workmates, to make sure they get home safely as well.”

Orange and Cabonne Road Safety Officer Andrea Hamilton Vaughan said employers and employees should reinforce the drink-driving message to their colleagues at this time of year.

“From 2016-2020 in Orange there were 26 casualty crashes, where an occupant has been injured or killed, when alcohol was a contributing factor. Of further concern were the 330 casualty crashes where the driver had a legal blood alcohol concentration,” Ms Hamilton Vaughan said.

“Every single glass of alcohol affects your driving, it reduces the ability to judge speed and distance, gives the driver a false sense of confidence and there’s an in

creased tendency to take risks.”

Register your workplace Christmas celebration to go in the draw to win taxi vouchers at https://www.orange.nsw.gov.au/road-safety/?tab=whats-your-plan-b

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