Video: taxi firm urge part goers to be safe during festive celebrations on Black Friday

A video encouraging party goers to have an enjoyable but safe Christmas has been released by Glasgow Taxis.

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The film, which was shot and edited by student filmmaker Ben Hunter, is backed by supporting messages from Police Scotland and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

Tonight and Friday, December 20, often referred to as Black Friday, are expected to be the most popular nights for Christmas office parties.

Glasgow Taxis will have a full fleet on the city's streets across both weekends.

Stephen Flynn, vice chair of Glasgow Taxis Ltd, said: "The most important part of the Christmas period, with tens of thousands of people partying in the city, is that everyone gets home safely.

"The best advice we can offer those travelling home from the city centre late at night is to stick together in groups and use one of Glasgow's four taxi Nite Zones, which are well-lit, staffed with marshals and monitored by CCTV."

Superintendent Alan Cunningham from Police Scotland added: "The festive period is an exciting and enjoyable time, but whether you are out socialising with friends, spending time with family or buying gifts, it's absolutely vital that you think about your personal safety."

Police have also issued a list of top tips to help keep the public safe during the festive period:

- Plan ahead for your night out. How are you getting home? Make sure your evening ends with you getting home safely.

- Use a licensed taxi, check when public transport finishes, or arrange a lift.

- Stay together - look out for friends. And don't leave parties with strangers.

- Watch your drinks and how much you drink - never accept a drink from someone you are unsure of.

- Keep valuables with you at all times.

- Make sure your phone is charged, you have money to get home, and look after your house keys.

- If you need any help at all, please remember to visit the SOS Glasgow bus at Gordon St at the weekends, where the team will be happy to assist you.

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