Summer Parties can lead
to Summer Problems
Summer weather is in full swing! Summer not only brings warmer weather, but it also brings parties, idle teens looking to fill otherwise hectic schedules and unfortunately, increase in teen underage drinking.
The Campton Hills Police Department responds to a greater number of underage drinking parties during the summer months. Most of the time these gatherings are impromptu, however we have experienced a number of them that have been hosted and “supervised” by adults.
Some well meaning adults justify this activity by rationalizing, “teens are going to drink anyway, if they’re at my house, at least I can control them”, or “if they’re drinking at my house, at least they won’t be driving”. The Campton Hills Police Department is urging parents not to fall into this trap of a false sense of security.
Underage drinking is dangerous, illegal and has far reaching liability to adults who facilitate it. Some examples of liability to adults who furnish alcohol or facilitate the consumption of alcohol to minors are:
Furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors: It is illegal to provide alcohol to a person under 21 (except in performance of a legitimate religious service). This is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and up to $2500 and/or imprisonment up to a year.
Parent responsibility laws & civil liability: Parents allowing underage drinking parties in their home can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and fines of $500-$2500. If a minor dies or is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the provider can be charged with a Class 4 Felony and sentenced between 1 and 3 years of imprisonment and up to $25,000 in fines. Such parents can also face the risk of being sued in civil court.
When parents must go away for an extended period of time, leaving their teen child at home, following some simple rules will reduce the likelihood of underage drinking:
-Have a trusted adult stay at the house
-Alert neighbors of your absence
-Inform the parents of your child’s friends
-Ask the Campton Hills Police to watch your house
-Stay in touch with your child by phone
If you need any additional information or have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Campton Hills Police Department non-emergency number at 630-584-0330 or contact Chief Millar directly at 630-584-4242.