Be a Responsible Party Host this Holiday Season

As our Boca Raton accident attorneys recently reported, the holiday seasons sees a large number of alcohol-related accidents — especially drunk driving crashes. In the state of Florida, we have laws in place to help to reduce these risks. What these laws do is help to impose liability to individuals or companies that serve to those who are already too intoxicated or to those who are not of age.

If a driver who is under the age of 21 gets into a car accident, it may be the person who provided the alcohol to the underage individual who can be held responsible for damages. This includes both situations at public establishments as well as at private holiday parties.

Each year, there are roughly 1,300 people who are killed in alcohol-related car accidents in the state of Florida. Most of these accidents involve a driver who is over the legal limit of a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC).

We know there are going to be a lot of holiday gatherings over the holiday season and we’re asking everyone to be cautious. Not only are we asking you to keep an eye on how much party goers drink, but we’re asking you to keep it out of the hands of minors. Here are some Party Hosting Tips from the Florida Highway Patrol to help make sure that everyone has a safe time at your festivities.

Party Hosting Safety Tips:

-Don’t expect coffee to sober up your guests. Only time is going to sober anyone.

-Remember that wine and beer can be just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer is the same as a five-ounce glass of wine and a half of an ounce of liquor.

-Never rely on someone’s physical appearance to be a sign of soberness. Every drop of alcohol affects a person’s safety behind the wheel.

-Don’t think that mixers are going to dilute alcohol. Remember that carbonated mixers help alcohol to be absorbed more quickly into a person’s system. Fruit juices are no better as they help to mask the taste of alcohol and encourage more consumption among drinkers.

-Make sure everyone has a sober way to get home before kicking off the night.

-Make sure that your party has plenty of food available for guests. Drinking on an empty stomach is bad news!

-Try not to have too many salty snacks as salt only makes people thirstier.

-Keep numbers to local taxi cab services readily available.

-Make sure you home is clean as you’re urged to turn spare bedrooms and sofas into a hotel for intoxicated guests who may need to sleep off their alcohol.

-Be sure that you have plenty of nonalcoholic beverages for the designated drivers of the party.

-Keep an eye on your friends and family members and make sure that no one makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

-Stop serving drinks at least 90 minutes before the end of your party.