Let's keep teen parties safe, fun and alcohol-free

Roseville's social host ordinance holds hosts responsible

Last Updated: 5/25/2017

Start of summer, graduation--so many great reasons to celebrate!  But let's keep it safe and work together to keep underage parties free of alcohol and other drugs.  Underage drinking parties have led to serious problems in our area, including destructive party crashers, trips to the emergency room, trashed houses, thefts and worse.

Roseville's Social Host Accountability ordinance holds parents, adult hosts  and even unsupervised juvenile hosts responsible for underage drinking parties, even if they didn't provide the alcohol or other drugs.

Social Host Ordinance:  If you're aware, beware--you're responsible.

If you host, permit or allow (tacitly or otherwise) a gathering where minors consume alcoholic beverages, marijuana or other controlled substances, you can get a $500 fine under the ordinance.  The fines increase if there are repeated violations.

Parents can be held responsible if they didn't take reasonable steps to prevent the underage consumption of alcohol, marijuana or other controlled substances at a gathering in their home, or a gathering they helped arrange (for example, at a hotel).

Social hosts 18 years old and older present at the party can be cited.  If the host is a juvenile under the age of 18, then the juvenile can be cited and his or her parents held responsible for paying the fine.

The ordinance includes an exemption for anyone who calls 9-1-1 to summon emergency assistance at a party.  So if you're overwhelmed by party crashers or someone needs emergency medical assistance, don't hesitate to call us for help.

Tips for parents

If your teen is "spending the night with a friend", call the friend's parents to confirm the details.

If you suspect your child is drinking or using other drugs, buy an alcohol or drug test kit from the drug store, and randomly test your child. Determine the consequences of alcohol and use, make sure your child is aware of them, and then stick with your plan.

In our experience, most out-of-control parties happen when parents are out of town.  The teen host may only intend to invite a few friends over, but then the invited guests invite their own friends, and word of the party spreads rapidly by texting and social media.  If you trust your teen to be in charge while you go out of town, set clear expectations, talk to them about what to do if uninvited guests show up, and then get some "insurance"--have a friend stop by unannounced to check on them, and ask a neighbor to call you immediately if they see any signs of a gathering.