Nov 17, 2015 1:54 PM by News Staff
Adults found hosting parties with underage drinking could be facing some stiff penalties if the Redding City Council passes a Social Host Ordinance Tuesday evening.
It is already illegal to supply alcohol to people under 21, but the ordinance gives law enforcement another tool to discipline adults without criminally charging them.
Becky Cunningham, Executive Director of Shasta County Chemical People, says more than 40 percent of 12th graders drank in the last month.
It has become such a big problem in Redding, with police responding to more than 2,000 calls for out-of-control house parties in 2014.
Cunningham says there are a handful of homes known to hos these parties, and she’s hoping the ordinance puts a stop to the chaos. Violators will receive a first fine of $250, a second fine of $500, and $1,000 for any subsequent violations.
If the ordinance passes, adults and parents can also be fined reimbursement charges for any emergency response to their home.
Parents can even be fined in they aren’t home when the underage drinking occurs.
Chico and Anderson already have a Social Host Ordinance and officials in those cities say calls have gone down by 40 percent.
Cunningham says underage drinking and drinking among adults goes up significantly during the holidays, and she’s hopeful the ordinance will pass by for this holiday season.
If the council passes the ordinance Tuesday night, it will go into effect after 30 days.
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