Thursday, May 31, 2012

As a parent, I know how important graduation is for your children and for you. It’s a time to reflect on the past but look forward to the future. It is also a time to celebrate your child’s achievements.

As we approach graduation, I ask all parents to celebrate their child’s accomplishments, but do so safely and lawfully.

Often parties are held at a home or at a rented facility. While many parties are quiet family affairs, in some situations parents may allow alcohol to be consumed, or they may not know underage-party goers are drinking. Keep an eye out for public intoxication and please do not allow anyone who has been drinking to drive.

Whether it is alcohol poisoning or a fatal crash, the repercussions of your actions could be huge, including but not limited to:
·         Anyone convicted of attempting to purchase alcohol as a minor, sharing in the cost, using false identification or furnishing alcohol to a minor may face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
·         Anyone under 21 years of age who is caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of higher than .02 percent can be arrested. If convicted the individual could have his or her driver license suspended for at least 90 days, up to a maximum of two years. Also, four points would be added to his/her driving record.

I encourage parents who are looking to throw their child a graduation party, to familiarize themselves with Ohio’s laws. Know the rules, know how they can impact your family and ask yourself… is it worth it?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Welcome to the Ohio Investigative Unit blog! There are a lot of messages that we hope to get out to you and this is another means to do just that. OIU has been on Twitter for over a year and Facebook for over six months, so this is another step forward for us.

The agents have been really busy over the last few months working various college "fests" and parties throughout Ohio, but that does not mean that other operations have ceased. We are still hard at work on food stamp fraud cases, illegal sales operations and working with our liquor permit holders with our Alcohol Server Knowledge course. We have also worked with many municipal police departments during prom season with alcohol compliance checks.

Over the next several weeks, we will talk about graduation parties, music festivals and going back to college, to name just a few examples. Until then, please be safe, have fun, but don't drink if you are not 21.