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Help keep Derbyshire safe this Christmas, urges Police Commissioner

To mark Alcohol Awareness week, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles will next week unveil his festive safety campaign designed to encourage people to protect themselves from crime while enjoying the festive celebrations.

This year’s Safe Night Out initiative will be launched at the University of Derby’s Students’ Union on Wednesday (18 November) and will introduce a brand new initiative designed with the help of the Students’ Union to reduce risk of young people becoming a victim of crime.

Commissioner Charles will also announce his support for the Student Union’s innovative Safe Taxi Scheme which enables students who run out of cash on a night out to get a lift home from a registered taxi driver if they temporarily surrender their student identification.

He will reveal details of a training programme involving 200 bar workers across the county to ensure staff recognise their responsibilities associated with the retail sale of alcohol and readily accept their legal duties concerning under-age sales and serving people who are already intoxicated.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Commissioner Charles said: “The main message behind Safe Night Out is not to allow alcohol to ruin a good night out. Drinking beyond your tolerance level not only leaves you vulnerable to crime but also increases your chances of breaking the law.

“The purpose of a festive night out is to celebrate – there will be no such celebrations if you wake up in a hospital bed or police cell.”

The Safe Night Out campaign urges partygoers to enjoy the county’s nightlife but sensibly, keeping themselves and their friends safe. This means planning the night out in advance, particularly how they intend to get home, and knowing when to stop when they’ve reached their alcohol limit.

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Posted on Monday 16th November 2015
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