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Holiday party drinking can get the host in trouble with the law

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PASCO, Wash.-- Some people are getting in the holiday spirit by opening up some spirits, but drinking too much can lead to some serious safety threats and legal issues.

If people drinking at a holiday party decide to get behind the wheel, the host of the party providing the alcohol, could be liable if the drunk driver damages property or hurts someone else.

To keep people safe and avoid getting sued, Pasco Police suggest taking people's keys when they arrive at the party and handing them out when they leave so you can make sure they're alright to drive.

"In a civil court, they could be liable allowing the person not only to drink at the residence and become intoxicated, but to leave in a vehicle. If that resulted in a property damage or unfortunately somebody getting hurt or killed, they could potentially be liable for that," said Sgt. Ben Majetich, Pasco Police Department.

Sgt. Majetich advises people to drive defensively with all the holiday parties going on and keep an eye out for drunk drivers that end up on the roads.

Along with local festivities, many people are hitting the roads for holiday travel, making the roads congested. Just another reason why this time of year people need to be careful.

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