Thursday, October 28, 2010

Trick or Treat! Plan ahead for Halloween safety

by Joy Spencer

Halloween night is one of the deadliest of the year for impaired drivers and their victims. In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 58% of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.

The OLCC reminds party-goers, party planners and business owners to plan ahead for Halloween safety.

  • Don’t serve alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age is 21 and, as a host, it is your responsibility to make sure minors aren’t drinking.

  • If you’re going to drink alcohol, make plans now for a safe ride home.

  • Party hosts should provide lots of food and non-alcoholic drinks to help guests pace themselves.

  • Bars or restaurants that are hosting costume parties, should make that sure customers are recognizable without masks and elaborate make up when checking ID.

  • Have the number of a cab company or public transit tickets available for guests or customers who’ve had too much.

  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call your local law enforcement immediately.

  • Since Halloween falls on a weekend this year, motorists should be aware that young children and adults will be out on Saturday and Sunday nights.

  • Drive slowly and watch for children and party-goers crossing the streets.

  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.

  • Be especially alert for children darting out between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs.

  • Please remember that masks can impair your vision. If you are walking from place to place on Halloween night, the combination of alcohol and masks can be dangerous.

  • It may be difficult to judge a patron's/guest's level of intoxication when they are "in character" - à la Jack Sparrow. Be extra diligent when monitoring patrons'/guests' in your bar, restaurant or private party.

Halloween should be a fun, festive and safe celebration for everyone.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Alcohol sales are not restricted in Oregon on Election Day

by Joy Spencer

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2010.

In Oregon, alcohol sales are not restricted on Election Day. Liquor stores are open, operating as usual during their normal business hours.

Please call your local liquor store to determine their normal operating hours. Phone numbers are available at the OLCC’s Web site.

You can also search products and stores on

Thursday, October 7, 2010

First Call - Educating Business for Success

by Joy Spencer

The OLCC has launched "First Call" - a program designed to help businesses with a new liquor license, or where there has been a change of ownership. The program came about as a result of the agency’s statewide outreach meetings with licensees, local law enforcement and local government personnel over the last year.

A key component of the program will involve visits by OLCC inspectors within 90 days of the business being licensed. Inspectors will provide information on alcohol education and liquor laws, and provide businesses with resources, tools and training to help them be successful.

First Call" will give people a great start where they can succeed economically and operate a safe business, said Rudy Williams, OLCC Deputy Director of Public Safety Services.

Program topics include:

  • Common violations and how to prevent them

  • Alcohol sales to minors – preventing minors from obtaining alcohol

  • Free training opportunities available through OLCC

  • 50 signs of visible intoxication and the good faith effort law

  • Industry trade group resource list

"By learning how to avoid tickets on the front end, they not only save money to reinvest back into their business, but they also create a safer environment for their staff, customers and community," said Williams.