COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding people Friday about being safe as they attend summer concerts.
As outdoor concert venues across Ohio gear up for the summer, the Ohio Investigative Unit wants all concert-goers to remember to drink responsibly.
OSHP says they will have undercover agents working alongside local law enforcement officials looking for alcohol and drug related crimes inside and outside concert venues.
“We want the concert experience to be safe and enjoyable for everyone inside the venue and outside by the tailgating and camping sites,” said Captain Gary Allen. “By following the law everyone can have a safe and more enjoyable concert experience.”
Officials say agents were working at an April event in Athens where 133 people were charged. The Rock on the Range event in Columbus saw 118 charged in May, and a handful more people were charged at other events in Ohio.
OSHP says if you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, you can be arrested. Punishment is a suspension of your driver license for at least 90 days up to a maximum of two years, plus four points added to your driving record. Having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle is also illegal.
Penalties for drug violations depend on the type and the amount of drugs.