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.