Festive safety scheme says get home safe

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Revellers heading out in Glasgow are being urged to remember party safe, home safe this festive season.

The annual Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) campaign will this year focus on raising awareness of how vulnerable people are when wandering the streets at night.

The intiative includes the re-introduction of a festive Nite Zone in Shawlands on Friday and Saturday, 10pm until 4am, as included in last year’s campaign.

Already in place in the city centre and west end, these established taxi points are manned by marshalls and, during the festive period, will also be covered by foot patrols.

The campaign has been allocated £12,000 to promote responsible drinking and safety precautions.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow is a very busy place at this time of year, and rightly so.

“Our Glasgow Loves Christmas campaign ensures everyone has fun, while the Festive Safety campaign — a partnership with Police Scotland and Community Safety Glasgow — makes sure they do so safely.

“The campaign message says it all: party safe, home safe.”

The scheme will be further enhanced by the Glasgow Street Pastors Association, who will patrol the city centre and westend throughout, as well as the SOS bus situated in the city centre for those who need immediate assistance.

The campaign will also tie in to the Best Bar None Glasgow smartphone app, which allows users to rate nightspots and recommend them to others.