Spring break is the time for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Still, if you’re heading to the mountains for the week of skiing or boarding, it’s essential to make sure you know what activities often land students and young adults in trouble here in the Centennial State. From underage drinking to illegal marijuana use to destroying property, there are plenty of ways for people to get into trouble during their vacation. It is also wise to recognize what behavior will likely cause problems or attract the unwanted attention of authorities.
The do’s and don’t of spring break
Following these simple tips can help vacationers avoid arrest:
1. Alcohol: Do not consume any alcohol if you are under the age of 21. It may be a social lubricant, but it is generally the fuel that leads to bad choices and reckless behavior that can result in an arrest or behavior you’ll later regret.
2. Marijuana: Recreational consumption of marijuana is legal, but only for people 21 and up. Moreover, people can still get arrested for driving under the influence.
3. Avoid driving while under the influence: Like everywhere else, Colorado has stiff penalties for those who do it. Be sure to have a designated driver if you plan on drinking during your trip. It may be better not to linger at the mountain’s parking lot or bar at the base of the slopes after a day on the snow.
4. Avoid public intoxication: Law enforcement can issue an arrest warrant on the spot or take you into custody if the officer suspects that you are intoxicated in public.
5. Avoid reckless behavior: Refrain from participating in any criminal activities such as vandalism, theft, or assault; these activities can easily land you in jail and come with severe consequences if prosecuted.
6. Respect private property: Trespassing onto someone else’s property without permission could lead to arrest. Destruction of hotel property could also lead to charges.
7. Follow traffic laws: Bad driving gives officers probable cause to pull you over.
8. Leave weapons at home: Partying and guns are a terrible combination.
9. Don’t make matters worse: Those stopped by an officer should act respectfully and say as little as possible.
Have a good time!
Following these simple tips allows spring breakers to have a good time and return home safely, ready to work. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life, and you may find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is generally best to take charges seriously and ensure the penalties fit your actions.