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Don’t serve alcohol to teens. It’s unsafe. It’s illegal. It’s irresponsible.

Most teens who drink get their alcohol from “social” sources – parents of other teens, older siblings, and other relatives and friends. We Don’t Serve Teens, a new national campaign to reduce underage drinking, is focusing on the social sources that may provide teens with access to alcohol. The campaign’s centerpiece is www.DontServeTeens.gov, a website sponsored by a coalition of public and private sector organizations.

The message to neighbors, relatives, and friends is “Don’t serve alcohol to teens. It’s unsafe. It’s illegal. It’s irresponsible.”

Drinking can cause serious health and safety consequences – as well as legal consequences for the person providing the alcohol. But parents need help to make sure their teens don’t have access to alcohol.

For more information on stopping teens’ easy access to alcohol, practical tips on talking to kids about alcohol and alcohol advertising, and what to say to friends and neighbors about serving alcohol to teens, visit www.DontServeTeens.gov.

If you would like to read more click here.


Sincerely,

Hardwick Area Community Coalition Board

 

 If you furnish alcohol to a minor, sell them alcohol, assist or allow someone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, this is a crime. You can be fined a minimum of $500 and up to $2,000 and you could go to jail for up to 2 years. You could be charged for each minor who is at the party.

Preventing Underage Drinking
Recent studies show that the rate of underage drinking is still much too high. This is particularly true at the high school level. The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows many teens binge drink, and are easily able to access alcohol.

Underage drinking parties are still seen as a right of passage in our community. These parties go on nearly every weekend at homes, in the woods, and in the fields around our state.

Despite the possibility of legal or even tragic consequences, many adults still see nothing wrong with supplying teens with alcohol. It is apparent that law enforcement efforts alone can do little to discourage or stop underage drinking.

Together We Can
It is only through a community-wide effort that we can reduce underage drinking. It is our hope that this information will assist youth, parents, and concerned community members in reducing what is a dangerous and sometimes fatal activity.
Special Points To Remember
• The legal drinking age is 21.
• It is illegal to sell or furnish alcohol to a minor.
• It is illegal to allow or assist someone who is underage to consume alcohol.

The Party
Teens are drinking at younger and younger ages. High school students babysitting their younger siblings take them to the party. Teens sneak into parent’s liquor cabinets and fridges. They ask someone they know to buy them alcohol or some adult hosts a party and provides alcohol.
Hanging out with friends is what a party should be. That’s why people get together, to hang out and have fun. That changes when alcohol joins the party. Fights, vandalism, sexual assault, and other criminal acts can occur at parties where alcohol is present. These activities can affect the lives of people involved for a long time.

In our largely rural state, teens often drive themselves and their friends to these parties and sometime drive while intoxicated. Having a designated driver doesn’t make it OK to drink. While a designated driver may sound good, underage drinking is still illegal.
Alcohol impairs judgment. In the body of a teenager, alcohol heightens emotions, reduces inhibitions, and may lead to other drug use. One bad decision from an impaired teen may be fatal and devastating to the family.

Are Parents Liable For The Actions Of Their Teen Children?
Parents have the duty to control and supervise their minor children. If they fail in that duty and their teen’s behavior results in damaged property or injury to someone else, the parents can be sued. Parents can be held liable even if the teen is not subject to liability. Parents can also be held liable for letting their teen drive a family car when the parent knows or has reason to believe that their teen has been or will be drinking.

Also, if a teen willfully or maliciously damages property or injures a person, either of their parents could be liable to the owner of the damaged property or the injured person, up to $5,000. In this case, the parent would not have to fail in their duty to control or supervise their teen in order to be held liable. This liability is in addition to any other remedy available by law (but any other monetary damage award would be reduced by this amount).

The Statistics (to read the whole survey visit www.haccprevention.com under online resources you will see 2015 YRBS survey)
Recent surveys have found that:
• 20% of all OSSU students 8-12 grade have riden with a drinking driver in the past 20 days.
• 38% of OSSU teens say that someone gave alcohol to them.
• 30% of all OSSU students 8-12 grade have drank alcohol in the past 30 days.
• 16% of OSSU students 8-12 grade have binge drank 3 or more days within in the last 30 days (drink 5 or more  
     drinks in a short time).
• Youth alcohol use can do permanent damage to a developing brain.
• Three out of five Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident at some point in their lives.
• One out of every four underage drinkers already meets the definition of alcohol dependent.
• In 2013 underage drinking costs the United States $56.9 billion and $0.1 billion for Vermont. (http://www.udetc.org/
     factsheets/VT.pdf)
• Teen drivers are 3 times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol
     greatly increases this risk for teens. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenDrinkingAndDriving/index.html)
• Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration
    of .08% than when they have not been drinking. (http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenDrinkingAndDriving/index.html)

What Will Happen To Them?
The law is very strict about what can happen to a minor who uses alcohol:

First Offense
Minors 16-20 years old who falsely represent their age to purchase, possess or consume alcohol will be sent before the diversion board in that county and must complete a Teen Alcohol Safety Program. If they fail to complete the program they will receive a $300 fine and their driver’s license will be suspended for up to 90 days. If they fail to pay the $300 fine, their license will be suspended until the fine is paid. Their insurance is likely to skyrocket. This is a civil offense.
If they are under the age of 16, they will be ordered to appear in family court with their parents, and may be subjected to fines and other penalties.

Second Offense
Their second offense is a criminal charge. They can receive up to $600 in fines and they could go to jail for up to 30 days. Their license will be suspended for 120 days.

IN ADDITION
If they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and their blood alcohol level is a .02 or higher, their license is suspended for 6 months and they must complete the CRASH program. This is a civil traffic violation.
For their second offense, of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher, their license is suspended until their 21st birthday, or for 1 year, whichever is longer. This is also a civil traffic violation.
If they get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and their blood alcohol level is .08 or above, they are also charged with an adult DUI. This is a criminal offense.

It’s Your Party
It doesn’t matter if it is your own teen; you can not give them alcohol or allow them to drink alcohol even on your own property. That includes your home, your property, even your car.
If you know that minors will be consuming alcohol you can be held responsible.
If you furnish alcohol to a minor, sell them alcohol, assist or allow someone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, this is a crime. You can be fined a minimum of $500 and up to $2,000 and you could go to jail for up to 2 years. You could be charged for each minor who is at the party.
If that minor gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and causes serious injury or death to themselves or others, you can then be charged with a felony and could go to jail for up to 5 years and be fined up to $10,000.
If any minor at your party breaks the law while under the influence you could also be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If someone at the party were to die, then you could be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The Liability
It’s called Dram Shop Law or Civil Liability and it means you can be sued for providing alcohol to a minor. You can be sued by all of the people impacted by the effects of your actions. This includes the person you allowed to drink (or gave/sold alcohol to), their family members, employer, or interested parties. It also includes any person they harm, injure or kill while under the influence. It can even include that person’s family members, employer, or other interested parties.

Do you think your homeowner’s or auto insurance will cover you?
Your insurance may or may not cover either damage to your property or compensation for someone who is hurt, injured or killed at an underage drinking party at your home or on your property. The insurance company will start with an investigation of the incident. According to one of the national insurance companies which cover many Vermont homeowners, it is unlikely that your insurance would cover anything if you were enabling the underage party. While they may cover the cost of defending you against a claim, they may not owe indemnity (they may not cover damages awarded against you by a court).

What about your teen?
They can be sued too. The statute of limitations extends for eight years, so this could follow them into adulthood. Your teen can be sued for both intentional and unintentional acts, such as automobile crashes, horseplay, and the like. In Vermont, even where alcohol is not involved, a teen can be sued for negligent driving that results in injury to a passenger, a pedestrian, or another driver.

Remember
Your teen wants to throw a party. Perhaps the party would be at your home or camp. There will be alcohol for those teens who want to drink. The kids will leave their keys with you or another adult -- no one is supposed to drive after drinking. Seems like you should agree to the party? Think again!
If your teen hosts a party on your property where drinking takes place, you could be held responsible if someone:
• Dies from drinking too much;
• Gets into a fight and hurts someone (or themselves);
• Falls and hurts themselves or someone else;
• Sexually assaults or molests someone;
• Damages property; or
• Injures or kills someone while driving after they leave a party.

It is a parent’s duty not to entrust a car to others, including their own teenagers without using reasonable care. This includes not only cars but things like firearms, boats, motorcycles, snow machines, and ATVs.The liability is yours.

Underage Drinking is America’s # 1 Youth Drug Problem.

Underage Drinking is a factor in Rapes, Assaults, Suicides, Homicides, Burns, Poisoning, Academic Failure, Addiction, Property Damage and Deaths.

Adult Attitudes and Behaviors Affect Underage Drinking.

This information was found in the YRBS data.
You can view the OSSU 2013 YRBS data on www.haccprevention.com under online resources.

 

 
 
 

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 The HACC vision is a health conscious community with a healthy self-image that improves the quality of life for our citizens and provides a prosperous arena for business.

The HACC mission is to reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by changing the norms within our communities and delaying the onset of first use of these substances by youth through ongoing relationships with caring adults, substance free environments, structured activities and effective education.

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