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Bars open for Green Beer Day in Oxford

Published: Mar. 15, 2017 at 2:00 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2017 at 10:09 PM EDT
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OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - Green Beer Day is underway and bars are open Thursday morning, but scrutiny is increased this year.

Stepped up police patrols, education and safety measures are in place after several alcohol-related incidents including the death of a Miami University student.

An OVI checkpoint started at 7 a.m. near campus in downtown Oxford.

Some students say they don't expect any of this to keep revelers away.

"Even though with what's happened this semester people are still probably going to do what they've always done," said Miami University student Shannon Pressler.

"There will probably be a lot of intoxicated college students," said Miami University student Jaxson Rairden.

In one weekend this semester, more than 20 students were hospitalized after drinking.

Another student died this semester after she was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .347.

"I think a lot of people are very responsible here and I think Miami is full of a whole bunch of smart students.  I don't think there will be many problems to deal with," said Miami University student Ian Cory.

Fraternities say they will not serve hard liquor at their parties.

Miami University Police Department and the Oxford Police Department are pairing up on joint patrols.

Campus police will also hand out water from their cruisers.

"This is my third Green Beer Day.  I don't think the changes will necessarily ruin the fun or anything like that.  I think it's just more them being cautious," Cory said.

The last event for Green Beer Day is a cleanup day after the drinking ends.

It starts at noon Friday.

"With a new university president who has "walked the talk" of building community on campus and in Oxford, conversations arose about doing more this year," a school spokesman said in a written statement.

"With encouragement from President Crawford, many people and groups were willing to contribute to making it a safer day."

For a full rundown of the safety and educational plans for Green Beer Day from the Oxford community, click here.

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