We have changed our name from the NEW TRADITION COALITION to DRAW THE LINE LAWRENCE so it better fits our purpose and mission. We call on all community members to come together and DRAW THE LINE on underage drinking and drug use for a healthier and safer place to live.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


The New Tradition Coalition wants to remind you to celebrate your Independence responsibly-

If you're hosting a party where alcohol is served, make sure to do so responsibly. Some things to keep in mind are:

  • Line-up designated drivers or make sleeping accommodations for your guests who are drinking.
  • Be sure to serve plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Serve enough substantive food. Consumption of food will help absorb alcohol. 
  • Stop serving alcohol at a set time. This will give guests a chance to sober up. 
  • If your guests are intoxicated -- take away the keys. If you let someone leave your home after they've had too much to drink, you could be held responsible if they hurt themselves or someone else.
  • Don't serve to minors. It's illegal, dangerous and irresponsible.   

If you're doing some traveling, here are a few tips:

  • Whenever you plan on using alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the keys.
  • If you're impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement. 
  • Wearing your safety belt or if you're riding a motorcycle, make sure to wear a helmet and other protective gear.
  • While traveling to and from celebrations on your motorcycle, remember to make yourself visible and ride your motorcycle where you can be seen to avoid a crash. 
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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