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?

By being part of the ‘Plan B’ road safety campaign, workplaces can receive free taxi vouchers and go into the draw for a cash rebate towards the costs of their party.

All entrants who also submit an anti-drink driving slogan on the entry form will go into the draw for a $500 rebate toward their staff Christmas Party.

Mayor Orange Davis said the right planning will deliver a fun and safe Christmas party.
“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 John Davis said.

“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.”

“Calling a cab after a Christmas party is a great way of looking after your work-mates and making sure they get home safely,” Bill Kelly said. “This campaign makes good sense. It’s all about planning ahead and making sure you’ve got a Plan B.”

Taxis of Orange Co-operative chair, Michael Phillips, said the option of catching a cab home after a party should be part of the routine.

“The taxi drivers of Orange give a high priority to keeping their customers safe. It’s good that we can take this opportunity to spread the road safety message across the community. If you value your licence, don’t drink and drive”.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION : Alcohol was a contributing factor in 13 percent of fatal accidents and 6 percent of injury crashes in Orange over the past 5 years.

In the Cabonne council area, 19 percent of fatal accidents are attributed to alcohol and 8 percent of injury crashes where the driver was impaired by alcohol.

The Plan B campaign is supported by funding from Transport NSW through the Local Government Road Safety Program.