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Party Safety and Tips on Being a Good Neighbor

The following tips can help you be a responsible party host:

  • Always serve food.
  • Make non-alcoholic beverages available.
  • Keep the noise level down as much as possible.
  • Limit the number of drinks per person served.
  • Never serve alcohol to an already intoxicated person.
  • Help people find rides home from a sober friend who has not consumed any alcohol.
  • Don’t drink too much yourself so you can stay in control of your party.
  • Avoid an open bar and have a bar tender who can monitor the number of drinks per person and the alcohol level in the drinks. If you sell alcohol or cups in order to acquire alcohol you must have a liquor license.
  • Know the signs of alcohol poisoning and what to do to keep friends safe.
  • Be prepared to have over-intoxicated quests stay all night if no safe transportation is available.
  • Do not allow drinking contests or games that encourage the over-consumption of alcohol.
  • Abide by all local and federal laws so that your guests won’t get into legal trouble.
  • Make sure your guests show an ID and are of legal drinking age.

Tips on Being a Good Neighbor

  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Limit the number of people you invite to your parties.
  • Keep the noise level low.
  • Have guests park legally.
  • Clean up after a party.

Know the Law

  • Noise: Any noise that disturbs others or that can be heard at a distance of 50 feet is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. The same is true between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. from a distance of 100 feet.
  • Alcohol Laws:

    • Illegal possession of Alcohol: Any person under the age of 21 who purchases, asks for or in any way receives intoxicating liquor can be charged with a misdemeanor.
    • Use of a Fake ID: Ane person who is less than 21 years of age, who uses a reproduced, modified or altered license for the purpose of purchasing, asking for or receiving any intoxicating liquor can be charged with a misdemeanor.
    • Open Container: Any person who possesses an open container of alcohol on any street, sidewalk or city parking facility could be charged with a misdemeanor.
    • Selling Alcohol Without a License: It shall be unlawful for any person to sell alcohol in any quantity without acquiring a liquor license. If you sell alcohol at or charge admission to a party, the person accepting the money could be charged with selling liquor without a license. Sentences for this violation involve up to $1000. If the alcohol is served to a minor the server could also be charged with supplying alcohol to a minor.
    • DWI: The legal limit for DWI is .08. Those under the 21 could be found guilty of a zero tolerance violation if they are above .02. Consequences could include: fines, license revocation, classes, community service and jail time, as well as misdemeanor or felony charges on one’s record.
  • Public Urination: Any person found urinating in public could be charged with a misdemeanor.
  • Trash: Properties must be kept clear of excessive trash or a fine could result.
  • Parking: Vehicles cannot be parked at any time on grass or yellow lines, or with the left side of the vehicles to the curb.
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