MENTOR, Ohio — Local law enforcement agencies are taking a hands-on approach to reminding northeast Ohio to drive sober during the holiday season.
The annual Protect & Serve Tavern is now in its 19th year and will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Lakes Mall.
The Protect & Serve Tavern is hosted by the Lake County Crime Prevention Taskforce, the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lake County Safe Communities Coalition. Local police chiefs and judges act as bartenders to mall shoppers, passing out non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Ohio House Representative John Rogers and Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran will also serve at this year’s event.
Shoppers can try something called “Fatal Vision,” where they get a glimpse of what alcohol does to vision.
They will also receive recipe booklets to create their own non-alcoholic drinks. Visitors can also enter to win a vehicle safety kid and other prizes.
The event is free to the public.