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Martinez Police Department
Friday May 28th, 2010 :: 01:32 p.m. PDT

Quick Reminder for a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is recognized as a holiday to commemorate the men and women in the military who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedoms we do today. Many people also consider this weekend as the official start of summer and celebrate with picnics, cookouts and other activities. If you are hosting or attending a Memorial Day party, it is important to keep in mind certain safety precautions to ensure everyone not only has a good day but a safe one as well.
Just like any other time of the year, certain precautions must be taken if you or someone you know is going to be drinking alcohol.
• It is illegal for people under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. There are no exceptions made for family picnics, parties or celebrations regardless of the adult supervision in place. In fact if you provide alcohol or even allow a person under age to consume alcohol at a party both the adult and minor can face legal consequences.
• Never drink and drive. Again, this is common sense advice that is necessary all year long to ensure the safety of everyone involved. If you are hosting a party, make sure anyone who is drinking has a designated driver or be willing to let them stay until they are able to drive.
• Moderation is key. There are many celebrations which have a bad ending due to excessive consumption of alcohol. There is nothing wrong with having a few drinks and having fun with friends. People drinking alcohol may find it difficult to know when the line has been crossed, so it is important to have someone responsible for “keeping an eye” out for potential problems.
Always make sure there is an adult or parent responsible for watching their children. Accidents are always a possibility and it only takes one second for a party to turn into a tragedy if children are left unattended.
Have a great time and enjoy getting together with friends and family this weekend, and remember to pay your respects to those who have given so much so that we can enjoy the liberties we have today.

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta St
Martinez, CA 94553

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Non-emergencies: 925-372-3440


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