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March 7, 2012 (Santee) -- For many students, spring break is a carefree time away from classroom pressures. Unfortunately, for many it is also a time of excessive drinking. The Sheriff’s Department wants to remind the public that it’s against the law to host underage drinking parties and to allow minors to drink. 

A school resource officer from the Santee Sheriff’s Station is hosting a forum on Social Host Ordinance for parents and students of the Grossmont Union High School District. The meeting is on Thursday, March 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at West Hills High School (Room S-8) 8756 Mast Boulevard, Santee. 

This is an opportunity for parents to clearly understand the law. Deputy Janine Alioto will give a presentation and is available to answer questions from parents. 

A social host does not have to be 21 years of age to be in violation of the law. The homeowner or property owner can be held liable for cost recovery. Social host violations carry a fine of $1,000 on the first offense. Second and subsequent violations carry a fine of $2,000 or up to 32 hours of community service or up to 6 months in jail. You may also be held liable for injuries sustained by third parties as a result of the minor guest’s negligence. A social host can also be liable for the cost of responding law enforcement services.





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