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Grabacab to stay safe

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging partygoers heading out for a pre-Christmas drink to leave their car keys at home and grab a cab instead.

This weekend is a popular time for work colleagues and friends to get together and enjoy a drink or two in the run up to Christmas but with Fire Brigade Union members carrying out strike action between 18:00hrs and 22:00hrs on Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14 it is more important than ever to make sure that people have a plan to get home safely.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Our crews attend dozens of road traffic collisions every week and we have all seen first hand the devastation they can cause. At this time of year we always see an increase in collisions as people get behind the wheel after drinking. 

“We want to make sure that the county stays as safe as possible and that is more important than ever during the two four hour FBU strikes taking place this weekend.

“You might remember that a few weeks ago during the strike we urged people to grab a kebab instead of cooking. Now our message is if you are out for a drink grab a cab instead of driving. 

“We know that it will cost a little extra, but that is money wisely spent. A decision to drive after drinking could cost you, and those around, more than any money could ever replace.”

Fire engines will still be attending emergencies and the people should continue to dial 999 as normal. But anything the public can do to reduce the number of non-emergency calls during the strike periods on Friday and Saturday will assist in ensuring service delivery is directed to those areas where it is most needed.

“You might remember that a few weeks ago during the strike we urged people to grab a kebab instead of cooking. Now our message is if you are out for a drink grab a cab instead of driving. 

“We know that it will cost a little extra, but that is money wisely spent. A decision to drive after drinking could cost you, and those around, more than any money could ever replace.”

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick

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