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Restaurant Columbia is preparing for responsible drinking on Cinco de Mayo

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

There have been no reports of alcohol-related crashes so far this Cinco de Mayo weekend, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

According to Bishop and Hayes, a law firm in Missouri, 70.2% of fatal crashes involving drunk driving are attributed to individuals with high blood alcohol levels, especially those with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher. In addition, almost 20% of all traffic fatalities among people under the age of 21 are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Like many Sunday restaurants, Las Margaritas offers specials on drinks, but they promote safe drinking and are very vigilant about checking IDs.

In 2018, more than 11,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence. Among them, 108 teens under the age of 18 faced similar charges during that period, according to Bishop and Hayes.

Las Margaritas will have someone at the front checking on people to make sure they aren’t already drunk before they come in, and watching for signs of intoxication.

“There will be someone at the front checking people and making sure they’re clearly not drunk before they come in, and we don’t over-serve people.” Wrice said.

If necessary, servers will involve management if they feel the problem requires it.

“I try to check with the table, you know, if their friends are all thinking the same and if so, maybe you can cut them off or if you have to. We have a great leadership staff that we can talk to and take care of business” , Breage said.

Las Margaritas employees have been preparing for a busy Cinco de Mayo celebration. Since last night they have been busy getting ready, slicing limes and preparing tacos and margaritas.

“I think everyone loves Cinco De Mayo because I think it’s just an excuse to celebrate.” said server Claudia Carreia.

The staff expects to order a lot of tacos and lime margaritas.

“Tacos, tacos and lime margaritas,” said server Quinn Breage. “Definitely tacos. Yes. And margaritas, and maybe quesadillas,” Carreia follows.

The servers of Las Margaritas have been looking forward to this day for weeks. They expect many tables and a busy day ahead. Austin Wrice, who has worked at the restaurant for three years, remembers Cinco de Mayo as one of the best days of the year for tips and enthusiastic customers.