Our Chicago car wreck lawyer provides important reminders to parents to keep their teenage kids safe during prom season.
Prom season is in full swing in Chicago and around the nation. This means, kids are having a lot of fun and underage drinking is rampant. For this reason, police and law enforcement are on heightened alert to prevent drunk driving accidents. Our Chicago car wreck lawyer will provide some important tips to parents to keep their teenage kids safe. These tips will also help them stay out of legal trouble in case they are planning to host a prom party at home.
Underage Drinking on Prom Night
A recent survey by AAA has revealed that 41 percent of teenagers in the age group of 16-19 admit that it is highly likely that they, or one of their friends, will use alcohol or drugs on prom night. Many parents are aware of the reality that a large percentage of kids attending prom will be drinking, so they may think that hosting a party at home is a safe alternative to letting their children go out and indulge in risky behavior. Parents believe that by hosting a prom party at home they can prevent their kids from drinking too much and keep them from getting behind the wheel once they have had a drink or two. However, a word of caution for parents.
The Illinois “Social Host Law”
According to the Social Host Law, the host, in this case parents, may be open to serious legal trouble if they permit underage drinking, including being sued in civil court for financial damages or even jail time. Parents need to be aware that they could be held legally liable for any trouble that ensues. In January 2004, the Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act was passed, which made way for the social host liability in Illinois. Later in 2013, the Social Host Law was passed in Illinois.
“Those who violate Public Act 97-1049, will be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and will be subject to a fine of not less than $500 when they knowingly authorize or permit underage drinking in their home.
If the activity results in great bodily harm or death to any person, the individual is subject to a Class 4 felony. However, a person will not be in violation if he or she has taken all reasonable steps to prevent this activity from occurring. Also, no charges will be filed if assistance is requested from law enforcement after discovery of the illegal activity.”
Consult a Chicago Car Wreck Lawyer
In spite of the laws against underage drinking, it still goes on unabated. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, consult a Chicago car wreck lawyer to pursue a claim against the at-fault driver. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.