In Arlington Heights, fines will go up for parents who serve alcohol to minors under the age of 21. Before this movement passed, parents could be fined at a maximum of $1,000 to as little as just $5 for violating the law! Now parents will face a minimum penalty of $750 and a maximum of $5,000.
The movement was passed in order to curb youth access to alcoholic beverages. In 2014, CASAP found that the top 3 sources High School students gained access to alcohol were parties (54%), friends (48%) and parents (36%). By increasing the fines, Arlington Heights seeks to deter parents from providing alcohol to minors at parties. For more information about CASAP’s findings, click on the link here. Illinois has, in the past, passed similar Social Hosting Laws in 2012.
For more information about the Arlington Heights fine click here.
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