Underage Drinking & the Law

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

UPDATE: Oklahoma Governor signs Cody’s Law

Governor Fallin signs Cody’s Law. Oklahoma’s revised state-wide Social Host Law goes into effect November 1. Click here to read the final version and to learn more about Cody’s Law. … Continue reading

May 31, 2011 · 2 Comments

Illinois Supreme Court rules on Bell v. Hutsell, redefines civil liability for Social Hosts

The Court’s opinion goes on to state that the Hutsells aren’t civilly liable because of their inaction, because they did nothing to prevent what would have happened had they not been at the party in the first place. In fact, had the Hutsells intervened when Daniel Bell tried to leave their home intoxicated, or had they taken responsibility for preventing Bell’s alcohol consumption, and he still drove away and died, they would have been civilly liable for negligence in addition to their criminal conviction in 2007.

May 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

This isn’t what they mean by “Just Say No”

Last Friday night, the Brookfield, Wisconsin police’s efforts to bust an underage drinking party were frustrated by the teenage host’s refusal to let them enter. When they called the father, … Continue reading

May 20, 2011 · 3 Comments

It could happen to anyone

Please share this with anyone you know who believes the Social Host Law can’t impact their family because they’ve discussed alcohol use with and made their rules clear to their … Continue reading

May 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Why I’m rooting for Oklahoma’s Social Host Law

Oklahoma’s House Bill 1211 is specific and requires proof of wrongdoing. The language is relatively simple, as legislative language goes although I do wish it replaced the term “person” with the term “adult” so we wouldn’t continue to punish the same minors we’re trying to protect.

May 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

An effective “new” tactic in the war on underage drinking

One of the “most effective” and interesting tactics in the war on underage drinking isn’t the recent Social Host Law but one that harkens back to our non-digital age…it’s a big wake-up call for parents who suspect their child is in trouble but have no proof.

May 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Where do kids get their alcohol?

1 out of every 14 people ages 12 to 20 get alcohol from someone over 21 who’s not a relative.

May 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

If only the laws were mock versions, too

Buried deep in an article about car accident reenactments for Park Rapids, MN students, the importance of seat-belts and the dangers of texting while driving, were these brief, disturbingly understated, … Continue reading

May 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

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