With the festive season, many people will be out celebrating in pubs and clubs and their Christmas nights out so we want to provide you with some key information to help you stay safe.
Make sure to stay with friends, stick to your plans, have travel arranged and be careful of what you drink. Don’t leave drinks unattended and stay away from drugs, new psychoactive substances or other controlled substances.
- Try to plan your Christmas night out – charge your mobile and remember to take it with you. If you plan to use it to arrange transport, make sure that you have enough power left at the end of the night.
- Think about how you’ll get home, ensure you have money to get home if you need to get a taxi, bus or train. Always book taxis from a reputable company or arrange for a family member or friend to pick you up.
- Stay safe on your journey home – never take isolated short cuts. Keep to busy areas and on public transport, sit where there are lots of other people.
- If drinking alcohol, be sensible about how much you consume and don’t accept drinks from strangers or people you have just met.
- Don’t leave drinks unattended; be sensible and pace yourself. A drunk person is a far easier target for a criminal.
- Don’t use drugs or New Psychoactive Substances, sometimes misleadingly called ‘legal highs’. Legal doesn’t mean safe – they can contain toxic and harmful chemicals. Why risk your life?
- Stick with friends – don’t leave nights out on your own or with strangers. Take care of each other and make sure you all get home safely
- Drivers should be mindful that partygoers, particularly those under the influence of alcohol can step out / stagger onto the road without warning. Slow down when in crowded areas.
- A Safe Zone has been established at St Georges Tron Church, Buchanan Street, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow for people to go if vulnerable or injured on Friday and Saturday nights between 11pm and 4am between 2nd December 2016 and Hogmanay.
Extra Nite Zones have been established for the festive period at :
Gordon St (opposite Glasgow Central) – open 10pm to 5am
Sauchiehall St (outside The Garage) – open 10pm to 5am
Albion St (opposite Merchant Square) – open 10pm to 5am
Byres Rd (at the entrance of Ashton Lane) – open 10pm to 3am
Langside Avenue (opposite The Shed) – open 10pm to 3am
More advice and tips can be found in the Personal Safety section of this site.