Local bars taking precautions for New Year's Eve

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Local drinking establishments say they will be taking extra precautions on New Year's Eve to prevent alcohol related incidences.

According to South Carolina State Law, bartenders and drinking establishments can be held liable for injury or death as a result of over serving customers or minors.

King Street Grill Bartender Lauren Sullivan said she will be taking extra precautions to prevent any problems.

"You have to be very careful, we haven't had any problems in the past and don't plan to in the future," Sullivan said.

Myrtle Beach Attorney Ian Maguire said private party hosts can be held responsible for serving alcohol to guests under 21 years old

"If there's any question someone might be under age 21 you want to make a point of checking I.D.," Maguire said.

Private party guests are not liable for the actions of guests over 21 according to South Carolina State Law, but Maguire suggested making sure guests get home safely even if they are not necessarily liable.

"You might want to make sure you offer sober rides to anybody attending a party, I think it's the smart thing to do," Maguire said.

South Carolina Highway Patrol and local police agencies say they will have increased patrols on the road to keep drunk drivers off the road.

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