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PARTIES AND DWI LAWS

Throwing a party is a great way to let loose and get your friends together for a good time. However, in many instances, when you bring good friends together you will also include a mixture of alcohol as well. It is important that you understand the DWI laws in your state and that you understand the responsibility that comes with hosting a party.

When you are hosting a party you need to be sure that everyone has a safe ride home. What this means is that you need to be sure that there is at least one designated driver or that your guests have arranged to either spend the night or take a cab home. This can be hard to control, especially as the beer flows freely and as the night wears on.

Keeping Your Guests Safe

One way to keep control of your party guests and their alcohol consumption is to ask all the guests to put their keys in a bowl at the start of the night. That way you will be in control of who drives and who does not. If someone seems a little tipsy then offer to call them a cab.

It might be a good idea to also arrange to have several cab pickups during the night if you are hosting an event with a large amount of people. If the party is ending at a certain time, say midnight, then arrange to have several cabs outside of your property then. Having the ride right there and available makes it much easier for people to actually leave their keys and make the responsible decision to cab it home.

You can also offer to have your guests crash at your place if they have been drinking. This may not work if you are renting an apartment but if you are renting a larger house you may be able to set up an area for people to sleep. Think about asking everyone to bring their tents and sleeping bags and having a camping party so that once the night ends, people can sleep on your lawn until the alcohol is out of their system. This is not always ideal, especially after a formal black tie event or for those that hate the prospect of camping but it might work in some instances.

DWI Liability Laws

One of the scary things about hosting a party with alcohol is that you are actually liable for what happens during and after your party. If, for example, you know a friend is intoxicated and you let him drive anyway, you could actually be sued under the dram shop laws. This is not always the case but it is something that you need to consider.

Furthermore, knowing that your friend is intoxicated and letting him drive home anyway puts you into a pretty awful situation if he is killed. You may feel emotionally responsible for the situation and, by saying 'take a cab' instead of 'goodbye' your friend may still be alive. This is a horrible thing to live with and can result in severe mental problems down the road.

The rules of parties and DWI laws are simple - if you are caught with a blood alcohol level content of .08 or higher, then you will be arrested for a DWI. One arrest may not seem like a big deal but it is and can result in harsh fines and even jail time in some instances. However, most importantly, car accidents, injuries and fatalities normally involve alcohol and this is not something you want to live with for the rest of your life.

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