Bars’ responsibility on St. Patrick’s Day

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Not everyone is partying on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s because all areas of public safety will be on guard.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Miami Valley coincides with the NCAA First Four tournament. It means a lot of people drinking a lot of alcohol.

We wanted to know what responsibilities bar owners have to keep revelers safe.

“When that person becomes over serviced, it’s a misdemeanor 3 in Ohio and citations against liquor establishments happen also”

The State Department of Public Safety is also in Dayton, not celebrating, but keeping an eye on those who do and the establishments that serve alcohol to them.

“The first thing we do, we cut them off, we smile say we can’t serve you anymore.”

The state’s department of public safety is placing a lot of responsibility on alcohol servers.

The agency expects drinkers to be watched with extreme diligence, “Whether disheveled look, blood shot eyes, slow speech, stumbling, sleep at the bar.”

Monday’s OVI checkpoints are already set to nab drivers who are impaired.

“Make sure they get home safely, find friends usually takes time we will be around that person gets a ride home making sure not forgotten about.”

“We are taught. We all know we all have legal ramifications we could face.”

Bars and restaurants can offer patrons the Arrive Safe number. 449-9999 and to report the sale of alcohol to an intoxicated person or under age person, call #677. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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