Warning over festive drinking

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TAKE a ride!

Take a ride! That’s the message from Scarborough Council bosses in a new anti-drink drive campaign to make sure festive revellers stay safe over Christmas.

The warning comes as party-goers begin gearing up for the big day, with people urged to take a taxi home instead of the car.

Steve Pogson, Scarborough Borough Council’s Health and Community Safety Manager, said: “The message is, be safe, plan ahead and don’t drink at all if you’re supposed to be driving.

“Even better, if you want to drink and be merry arrange a taxi home instead.”

Mr Pogson also reminded revellers over increased taxi fares, with hackney carriage drivers being allowed to charge passengers a higher rate on two separate occasions.

The first is between 6pm on Christmas Eve and 6am on Tuesday, December 27, with the second starting at 6pm on New Years Eve and running until 6am on Monday, January 2.

Mr Pogson said the changes would mean the average fare for a two mile journey will be £10.80.

Private hire fares are not controlled by Scarborough Council and passengers are advised to agree a fare before the journey starts.