Underage Drinking & the Law

What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws

A tale of two counties | Video

Nassau and Suffolk counties may lie side-by-side on New York State’s Long Island; they may share matching Social Host Laws, but they’re poles apart when it comes to enforcing those Social Host Laws. According to Lauren Cioffi of Stony Brook News, Nassau law enforcement has arrested and prosecuted eight times as many people as Suffolk has. Having grown up on Long Island, I can say there is little observable difference in parental attitudes between residents of both counties.So, why the wide divide in results? The answer is solid proof that most Social Host Laws are poorly conceived and written laws. Not because we want teens to get drunk, but because the results are dependent on the district attorney’s or police chief’s personal opinion and not the law as written. While many officials may prefer Nassau’s brand of drive on this issue, I believe Suffolk’s respect for our constitutional rights deserves our respect and gratitude in return. Watch this video to find out why.

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