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The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign takes place at state and local levels, concentrating on celebratory times for youth, such as homecoming, holidays, prom, graduation and other times when underage drinking parties are prevalent. This program encourages parents and the ENTIRE community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable.
This year, the Dunn County Partnership for Youth is promoting the Parents Who Host Lose the Most campaign county-wide, offering materials to any person or business who agrees to not serve alcohol to minors. Local agencies have also gotten involved to show their support for the campaign. Jackie Hunt, State Farm Insurance, is involved with expensive, behind the scenes aspects of underage drinking, “many parents don’t realize the risk they put themselves into by serving alcohol to underage people. It is extremely important for adults to know the risk and how they plan to pay for the consequence. Attorney fees can be very costly to prove you’re innocent or figure out how to pay for the risk you created which could have been avoided. Parents work hard for income, savings, and retirement. So many parents don’t realize it can all be at risk for something that can easily be avoided. Don’t serve alcohol to underage people.” From the insurance aspect, Ms. Hunt has been involved in more preventable cases than she would like to see. Below are some startling facts and figures compiled from various agencies working together to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.
- A child who legally consumes alcohol in the presence of their parent(s), then leaves their presence at any time while alcohol is in their system is in violation of the law.
- Any adult supplying an underage person with alcohol or encouraging an underage person to drink can be cited $767.50. Property owners can be fined too (even if not on premises).
- Homicide by use of a vehicle (if an underage person were under the influence) = Class D felony, punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
- Any adult supplying an underage person with alcohol can be liable for any expenses occurred due to crashes including: medical expenses, property damage, etc.
- A minor receiving a citation for underage alcohol consumption can be cited $263.50.
- A person receiving a 1st offense OWI (if their blood alcohol content is less than .15) can be cited $761.50, is required to have an alcohol assessment ($280), loses their driving privileges for 6 months, and has their insurance premiums increased 3-4x for 5 years. Consequences increase for blood alcohol levels higher than .15 and additional offenses.
- All violations (by persons ages 18 and older) are permanently on an individual’s record and can be seen by prospective schools, employers, etc.
- The number one thing a parent can do to prevent underage alcohol use is educate themselves and their child(ren).
For more information about Parents Who Host Lose the Most contact Hillary Swoboda,
Arbor Place – 715-235-4537, email@example.com