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As Prom Nears, Police Remind Parents of Underage Drinking Laws

Monroe police encourage and Alcohol and Drug Awareness of Monroe (ADAM) encourage students to have a fun — and safe — time at the Masuk Post-Prom.

The following is a press release from the Monroe Police Department.

The Monroe Police Department, in conjunction with, Alcohol and Drug Awareness of Monroe (ADAM) wish every student a memorable, safe time at the prom on Friday, April 26, 2013. This is an exciting time for all students and their parents. We encourage students and their dates to attend the Masuk Post-Prom event, as it is a fun, safe substance free event.

ADAM and The Monroe Police Department are taking this opportunity to remind parents and students about the Social Hosting Law. The "Social Hosting" act prohibits providing or serving alcohol to a minor, other than your own child, who is under 21 years of age. Any person aware of possession of alcohol by a minor on their property or a property they own must make reasonable efforts to stop such possession.

This act also extends to parents and homeowners who are not on the premise and who may or may not have provided the alcohol. However, if their child provides the alcohol, and the parents are unaware, the parent can still be held liable for the actions of their child. A minor is defined as an individual who is under 21 years of age.

Violation of the Social Hosting Act can be a Class A Misdemeanor. The penalties and consequences are as follows:

  • First Offense =An infraction with a fine of $142
  • Second Offense and any other subsequent offense = Fine of not more than $500, imprisoned not more than one year, or both.  This offense is a Class A Misdemeanor
  • Minors may be fined and their driver’s license suspended
  • Homeowner’s insurance may increase
  • You may be held civilly liable for any resulting injuries or damage
  • If the minors are under 16 years of age, you may be charged with violation of Connecticut General Statutes: Risk of Injury, 53-21, which is a FELONY

Parents, we encourage you take time this busy week to speak with your children about the consequences of underage drinking. Studies show that, in addition to automobile and other accidents, teens that drink are more likely to be involved in fights, commit crimes, or become victims of sexual assault.  Underage drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and serious injury.

The Monroe Police Department has issued infractions for violation of Public Act 12-199 in the past and will continue to do so.

Debbie Dragonetti April 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Thank you for this article. Parents need to pay attention to this.

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