img_1123 img_1124COLUMBUS, Ohio – This weekend, many Ohioans will be donning costumes and heading to Halloween events. This is a popular weekend, which can be dangerous when mixing the celebration with alcohol. Because of this, agents with the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) urge safe and responsible celebrating.

As you plan your Halloween parties, whether you’re throwing your own at a house or bar or attending a large gathering elsewhere, agents are offering some tips for party-goers.

If you’re not 21, don’t drink;
Don’t furnish or purchase alcohol for anyone under 21;
If you see that a patron or a party-goer is intoxicated, do not serve them more alcohol; and
Plan ahead by not driving drunk. Designate a sober driver.
If anyone under 21 is caught drinking, in possession of or sharing in the cost of alcoholic beverages; if someone is caught furnishing alcohol to anyone under 21; or caught driving under the influence, each have criminal implications. Liquor permit establishments may also face administrative penalties, as well.