Social host laws don’t take a summer break, reminds the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC).
Neither adults or young people can afford to slack off on social host laws considering the grim facts associated with underage drinking.
Social host laws make it illegal for anyone to host a party where minors, 21 and under, are drinking alcoholic beverages. The penalties can include fines up to $1,000 and as much as six months in jail.
As a reminder of these and other laws in place to protect the public, the KOCT – The Oceanside Channel began airing a NCPC ad.
Teaching young people the importance of sober driving and waiting to drink until 21 saves lives.
The statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speak for themselves:
- Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about one-third of those are alcohol related.
Don’t let the young people in your life become a statistic this summer.