3 TIPS TO A SAFE TAILGATE SEASON
Football season is here! For millions of fans across the county it also is the arrival of tailgate season. While tailgating the big game is a long adored American tradition, the consumption of large amounts of alcohol at these events leads to an increase in legal exposure.
A recent mlive.com article notes that during MSU’s seven home games last season, there were 542 citations. Of those over 500 citations, 330 were related to carrying open alcohol in public places, 105 were for minor’s in possession, and others include urinating in public, trespassing, and operating while intoxicated. Below are three tips to stay safe and avoid legal issues.
1) Know where you are
Just because it is game day does not mean that you can drink anywhere. Open container laws and public intoxication laws may make some of the activities traditionally performed at tailgates subject to criminal sanctions – know where you are!
2) Become familiar with your surroundings
While opening the front and back door of the car may offer some privacy, you are still considered urinating in public. Find the port-o-johns or restrooms, and wait in the line – the wait is worth avoiding a ticket. Cell phones may die, or worse get destroyed in a rowdy game of beer pong, plan for a meeting place and backup way of communicating with your friends.
3) Know the Rules
Almost every school and team has specific, and sometimes unique, game day rules. Some common regulations include start and stop times, as well as what is allowed for activities, tents, trailers, etc. . . . Below are links to some of policies of local universities.
Follow these tips for an enjoyable tailgate season. And please, DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU HAVE BEEN DRINKING!
If you have any legal questions as result of any of the above discussed issues, please call me, Attorney Steven Storrs, at 269-945-2242 or click here to contact me to set up an appointment to discuss your options.
*This blog is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult an attorney before making important decisions regarding your individual situation.