Arrive Home Safely from festive parties

29 October 2015

It's seven weeks until Christmas and local businesses planning their end of year parties are urged to register for AlburyCity's Arrive Home Safely program.

Businesses that register for the program receive $5 taxi vouchers to give to staff to help them arrive home safely.

The businesses are asked to contribute $2 for each taxi voucher and AlburyCity covers the remaining $3.

When they register for the Arrive Home Safely program, businesses receive tips on how to host a safe Christmas party and free Plan B resources.

Chair of the Local Traffic Committee Cr Graham Docksey urged people to think about their Plan B, especially over the festive season. "Some Plan B's are smarter than others- if you're drinking, don't drive, it's that simple," he said.

He said that anyone planning a party should consider how their guests are going to arrive home safely.

"Workplaces have a responsibility to keep staff safe, the Arrive Home Safely Program is one way of helping achieve that," Cr Docksey said.

"Businesses are becoming more aware of their responsibilities when hosting a staff Christmas party. An increasing number of them are considering different transport options which is really pleasing to hear.

"It's easy to register and previous participants have found it a great initiative in helping staff get home safely at our most social time of the year."

AlburyCity Mayor Henk van de Ven has signed up his businesses for the Arrive Home Safely program.

Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on NSW roads.

Between January 2010 and December 2014, 5.8 per cent of fatal and injury crashes in Albury involved alcohol as a contributing factor.

To register your Christmas party, go to alburycity.nsw.gov.au/arrivehome