Social host ordinances are becoming more common throughout the country as cities strive to hold people responsible for providing alcohol to minors or allowing minors to drink alcohol.
According to a recent survey by Day One, an organization focused on alcohol, tobacco and marijuana prevention among minors and young adults, there are three places where minors most frequently access alcohol. These three places are at the minor’s home, at parties and from friends.
When asked about their knowledge of adults who allow minors to drink in their homes, 41 percent of people surveyed said they have heard of an adult who lets minors drink alcohol when in the adult’s home, 36 percent said they personally know an adult who lets minors drink alcohol in their home and 23 percent said they have never heard of or known an adult who lets minors drink alcohol in their home.
These social host ordinances are now in place in 32 states and in over a third of the cities in California. Families who have a minor who suffered injury or worse after consuming alcohol in someone’s home are taking their cases to court and seeking to hold those responsible for providing the alcohol to minors.
The parents of a 17-year-old boy who died after crashing his BMW convertible into a concrete pole in Pasadena in 2016 are suing the man and others who they say gave their son alcohol at a party shortly before the accident. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death, and they are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
A witness to the accident said the teen was speeding before the car = crashed and burst into flames. The Pasadena Fire Department pronounced the teen dead at the scene of the accident. The lawsuit says that the named defendants in the case allowed the teen to leave even though they knew he was not sober.
Underage drinking is serious, and those who contribute to a minor’s alcohol intake should be held responsible when a tragedy such as this one occurs. This fatal accident affected many lives, including the teen’s family, friends, school and community.
If you or a loved one has suffered because someone allowed a minor to drink before getting behind the wheel, you have recourse. Our attorneys can help you learn more about your legal options and how to proceed.