The police, the state of Salzburg, the transport association and taxi drivers started the “Safe home in Advent” campaign on Tuesday. This is to prevent alcohol accidents on the way home from Christmas parties and Advent markets. However, due to the rapidly increasing numbers of CoV infections, it is unclear whether such events will take place.
A long-term average of 27 people are killed in traffic accidents on Salzburg’s streets every year. Especially in Advent, alcohol at the wheel is too often involved, says Police Director Bernhard Rausch: “We register between 1,700 and 2,000 alcoholics in the state of Salzburg every year. 1,200 to 1,400 have an alcoholic ratio of at least 0.8 or more. And a large part also causes traffic accidents. “
Good planning prevents tragedy
Transport State Councilor Stefan Schnöll (ÖVP) emphasizes that people should think carefully about their routes: “The aim is to think in advance how they will get from A to B.”
The state of Salzburg has now invested around 100,000 euros in the “Safe home in Advent” campaign with the transport association and the taxis guild.
The strengths of taxis, buses and trains should be combined, says Johannes Gfrerer from the Salzburger Verkehrsverbund: “People make their own decisions. With this issue in particular, it is important that you make the decision as soon as you leave as to which means of transport to use again come home.”
Taxis also offer package deals
The organizers of Christmas parties have great responsibility, says Erwin Leitner from the Salzburg Taxi Guild: “There are already many organizers who sign a contract with a company in advance. They say, watch out, put five taxis in front of my door and take my customers or guests home for a flat fee. So far this has mainly been done at tent festivals in summer. It would also be a good alternative in winter. “
Almost 500 taxis are available around the clock in the city of Salzburg alone.