Staying Safe on New Year's Eve

poochee

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What they are going to do to underage drunk drivers in Lake Tahoe California:

Rowdy visit? Fess up in print
Tahoe judge orders underage drinkers to place an ad in hometown papers.

By Barbara Barte Osborn -- Bee Correspondent
Published 2:15 am PST Thursday, December 29, 2005 Sacramento Bee

More than 65,000 revelers are expected to crowd into the South Lake Tahoe casino area Saturday night to ring in the new year.
But underage drinkers should beware. If they're arrested and convicted, a judge requires them to fess up to the crime by placing an ad in their college or hometown newspaper.

The 3-by-5-inch ad, which must include the defendant's name, states: "I was arrested and convicted of criminal misbehavior in Stateline, Nevada. Lake Tahoe is a great place to visit and vacation, but please remember to behave responsibly. I didn't, so I was sentenced to ____ days in the Douglas County Jail. As a condition of my release, I agreed to publish this reminder to others."
"The arrests are primarily of out-of-town college students, so we're trying to get the word out to college campuses," said Douglas County's Tahoe Township Justice Court Judge Richard Glasson, who initiated the requirement five years ago.

"We thought it would be helpful to have them share it with their peers."

All minors convicted of misdemeanor violations are fined $187, and those with alcohol or drug-related violations, including possession of false identification, must also place the newspaper ad in order to waive jail time - a potential 10-day sentence.

"We've had almost 100 percent compliance," he said. "For most, this is a first arrest. They don't want to spend time in jail and we don't want to put them there."

He also said it's working. Glasson said he saw 109 in court after the 2002 celebration and less than a dozen last year.

The rest of the story at www.sacbee.com.
 

poochee

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Best bet...If you are going to drink, do it at home. Don't let anyone leave if they have had too much to drink. Plan on overnight visitors.
 
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That system sounds like a good idea poochee!

We have a party somewhere in the neighborhood every year for New Years' Eve... everyone just walks home when it's done.

Honestly I can't imagine going out someplace for the New Year... too many people... too many drunk people... too many drunk people I don't know...

I like the neighborhood party. It's not crowded, and no one has to drive home.
 
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For you of drinking age:

Dont get too carried away. If you cant read the label on the bottle because it blurs out of focus: YOU HAVE HAD TOO MUCH! STOP!! Dont become another statistic for those that died bingeing
 
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Omega_Shadow said:
For you of drinking age:

Dont get too carried away. If you cant read the label on the bottle because it blurs out of focus: YOU HAVE HAD TOO MUCH! STOP!! Dont become another statistic for those that died bingeing
Sounds like a good rule of thumb...
 
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Notta lotta places I can think of... sorry SC.

In general (Not just on New Years) try looking places where you already go a lot. Or where you would least expect a "nice gal".
 

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