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Party hosts should use common sense: police

Published on Tuesday December 13th, 2011

~ by Police Department

Police offer tips to keep party guests safe, hosts out of court.

Summerside Deputy Police Chief Sinclair Walker said party hosts and partygoers have an equal responsibility to make sure impaired drivers don't take to the roads.

While there are no charges under the Criminal Code that would apply to the host of a party, there could be civil implications if impaired guests get behind the wheel and end up getting injured or injure someone else.

Walker said people should be aware of what's going on around them and take some common sense steps to avoid problems.

"First of all we want to make sure they understand the provincial laws in regards to the serving of alcohol," Walker said. "You can't serve to anyone under age. There is even some suggestion if you're having a huge Christmas party hire a professional bartender. We always suggest that the guests pick a designated driver."

Walker said the host should also be responsible.

Journal Pioneer