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Reducing Ottawa Area Drunk Driving (ROADD) Coalition

ROADD is a community work group (a part of the OSAP coalition) which seeks to reduce alcohol involved crashes in Ottawa County by reducing underage access to alcohol, increasing the perception of the consequences of drunk driving and encouraging responsible beverage service practices. These strategies are supported and achieved by three community-wide work groups identified below. For information on how to get involved in a work group, contact Hannah Hoeksema, (616)-393-5776.

Drunk Driving Prevention Taskforce: The goal of the Drunk Driving Prevention Taskforce is to reduce the number of Ottawa County residents who drive while intoxicated. Projects of this taskforce include drinking and driving prevention media campaigns. You can help by displaying our Mobile Eyes Poster.

The goal of the Youth Access to Alcohol Taskforce: The goal of the The goal of the Youth Access to Alcohol Taskforce is to reduce alcohol access to youth. Alcohol compliance checks are conducted throughout the county by law enforcement agencies on a regular basis to reduce sales of alcohol to minors. The Social Host Liability Law in Michigan will reduce minors’ access to alcohol at parties and social gatherings.

  • The Safe Graduation/Last Day of College Initiative alerts local stores, hotels and other establishments of event dates and locations to deter alcohol involved celebration festivities. Retailers, restaurants and other establishments can help by deterring minors from attempting to gain access to alcohol and distributing Safe Graduation information.
  • Alcohol compliance checks are conducted throughout the county by law enforcement agencies on a regular basis to reduce sales of alcohol to minors.
  • Awareness of the Social Host Liability Law in Michigan will reduce minors’ access to alcohol at parties and social gatherings.

Responsible Beverage Service Taskforce: The goal of the Responsible Beverage Service Taskforce is to decrease the number of intoxicated patrons exiting licensed alcohol establishments. This group is made up of alcohol retailers and law enforcement agencies throughout the county. This group promotes trainings for servers of licensed alcohol establishments, offers Holiday Tune-Up Trainings for retailers and assists local police departments who conduct alcohol compliance checks. The following resources have been developed to help retailers and wholesalers abide by the alcohol laws and keep our communities safer.

Training for Intervention Procedures

Server Training for Licensed Alcohol Establishments

Ottawa County offers a low cost alcohol management training called TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) in Ottawa County. TIPS is recognized and suggested by the MLCC (Michigan Liquor Control Commission) and prepares Alcohol servers and retailers to minimize the legal and safety risks to the establishment and the community associated with alcohol service. The course provides information, skills training, and practice that are customized to your specific work situation. Staff certification is good for three years. Hannah Hoeksema, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist from the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, provides training throughout the County. The cost of the training is $35 per person which includes a workbook, materials, and a black light for each establishment to help identify fake IDs. To register by phone or to inquire about a private training at your worksite, contact Hannah Hoeksema, (616) 393-5776.

Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Talk Sooner Campaign

Ottawa County Kids are using more than just alcohol at the age of 13. Find out how to talk to your kids about drugs and help prevent youth substance abuse.

Talk Sooner Campaign now has an app for iPhone and Android! This app will give you tips and tricks for how to talk to your kids about not using alcohol or other drugs.

Alcohol-Related Legal Consequences for Minors in Ottawa County

Alcohol-related offenses cause serious consequences for minors as described below:

Minor in Possession: Possess, consume, purchase, and have any bodily alcohol content

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $100.00 fine
  • community service
  • substance abuse treatment services

Furnishing to a Minor:

  • First Offense: Misdemeanor
  • $1,000 and/or 60 days in jail
  • If resulting in death, 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine

False ID: A fraudulent ID to purchase alcohol

  • Misdemeanor
  • 93 days in jail and/or $100.00 fine

Minor with a Blood Alcohol Content: Having a bodily content of 0.02 grams or more of alcohol

  • Misdemeanor
  • 360 hours of community service
  • $250 court fee
  • Mandatory drug testing and mandatory rehabilitative programs
  • Reimburse government for emergency response
  • Entire family could be dropped from the car insurance company

Impact on the Future

Scholarships: If cited with any of the above criminal offenses, students could lose eligibility for their college scholarships.

Jobs/Military: Several employers with jobs related to health care, aviation, law enforcement and the military may not hire an individual with an alcohol related offense on their record.

New Hire: Many employers require drug testing before hiring.

Related Websites

The Partnership at is a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of teen substance abuse. Their website allows parents to connect with each other, tap into expert advice and find support in their role as heroes to their kids.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism provides information, publications and news. Did you know that 1 in 4 children will grow up in a home where someone drinks too much?

National Institute on Drug Abuse provides the “Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction”.

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc., provides straightforward information about how to address alcohol issues with your children.

Ottawa Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (OSAP) is a group of community members, human service professionals, businesses, law enforcement, government officials, schools and school personnel who are working together to create change regarding youth substance use. Visit our Facebook.

Above The Influence is a state of mind. It’s about being yourself and not getting pressured into drinking, doing drugs or doing anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in.

Spanish Information
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides information, publications and news in Spanish. Did you know that 1 in 4 children will grow up in a home where someone drinks too much?


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