Social Host Ordinance in Lane County


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The Social Host Ordinance in Lane County: What is it, why is it important, what are the consequences and what can you do?

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  • An “unincorporated” area is a region of land that is not a part of any municipality. To “incorporate” in this context means to form a municipal corporation : a city or town with its own government.
  • Social Host Ordinance in Lane County

    1. 1. Lane County’s New Social Host Ordinance
    2. 2. What is it?
    3. 3. <ul><li>An ordinance that holds non-commercial individuals </li></ul><ul><li>responsible for underage drinking events on property they </li></ul><ul><li>lease, own or otherwise control; </li></ul><ul><li>Covers only unincorporated areas in Lane County; </li></ul><ul><li>Is a way to limit kids’ access to alcohol by preventing </li></ul><ul><li>parents and other adults from hosting underage drinking </li></ul><ul><li>parties; </li></ul><ul><li>Targets the venue where underage drinking takes place. </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is an ‘ unincorporated’ area?
    5. 5. Ada Alvadore Belknap Springs Blachly Blue River Brickerville Cheshire Crow Culp Creek Cushman Deadwood Dexter Disston Dorena Elmira Fall Creek Finn Rock Gillespie Corners Glenada Goshen Greenleaf Heceta Beach Horton Jasper Lancaster Leaburg London Springs Lorane Low Pass Mabel Malabon Mapleton Marcola McCredie Springs McKenzie Bridge Minerva Mohawk Nimrod Noti Pleasant Hill Rainbow Riverview Saginaw Santa Clara Searose Beach Siltcoos Swisshome Tiernan Triangle Lake Vaughn Vida Walden Walker Walterville Walton Wendling Westlake Unincorporated Areas of Lane County:
    6. 7. Why is the Social Host Ordinance Important?
    7. 8. <ul><li>Alcohol is the most widely used addictive </li></ul><ul><li>substance in Oregon; </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers found that 45% of people who </li></ul><ul><li>began drinking before age 14 developed later </li></ul><ul><li>alcohol dependence, compared with only 10% of </li></ul><ul><li>those who waited until they were 21 or older to </li></ul><ul><li>start drinking; </li></ul><ul><li>More than one of every 20 youth between the </li></ul><ul><li>ages of 12 and 17 suffer from alcohol abuse or </li></ul><ul><li>dependence requiring treatment. </li></ul>
    8. 9. Nature and Extent of the Problem:
    9. 10. In Oregon, youth who drink are more likely to be involved in other risky behaviors: <ul><li>Youth who drink are eight times more likely to smoke </li></ul><ul><li>cigarettes and 10 times more likely to smoke marijuana </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly a quarter of eighth grade girls who binge drink </li></ul><ul><li>report attempting suicide in the past year </li></ul><ul><li>Two thirds of 11th grade boys who binge drink also </li></ul><ul><li>gamble </li></ul>
    10. 11. In Lane County : <ul><li>Alcohol use among eighth grade youth is increasing; </li></ul><ul><li>binge drinking rates were about the same as the </li></ul><ul><li>state average </li></ul><ul><li>The 2006 rates of alcohol use and binge drinking </li></ul><ul><li>among 11 th grade youth are higher than the state average </li></ul>
    11. 12. Other Reasons This Matters…
    12. 13. If you are charged with violating the Social Host Ordinance: <ul><li>Your home owners insurance may increase </li></ul><ul><li>Another adult can hold you civilly liable and </li></ul><ul><li>any injuries, alcohol poisoning, or sexual assaults </li></ul><ul><li>that occur may result in lawsuits </li></ul><ul><li>You could be charged for medical bills or </li></ul><ul><li>property damage, or sued for emotional suffering </li></ul><ul><li>or pain </li></ul><ul><li>Someone could become injured or die </li></ul>
    13. 14. What are the Consequences?
    14. 15. <ul><li>1 st offense –Fine of $500 </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd offense – $750 fine and </li></ul><ul><li>the cost of response providers to the </li></ul><ul><li>site of the party </li></ul><ul><li>Subsequent offenses within a 3 year </li></ul><ul><li>period – $1000 fine and the </li></ul><ul><li>cost of response providers. </li></ul>
    15. 16. What Can YOU Do?
    16. 17. <ul><li>Set a good example </li></ul><ul><li>Know the warning signs for underage drinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>grades suddenly decline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>missing school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mood changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dropping out of usual activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>friends suddenly change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>secretive behavior, hostile/aggressive outbursts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lost motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valuables missing from your home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your child just doesn’t seem “right” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Securely store the alcohol in your </li></ul><ul><li>home - Lock it up </li></ul>
    17. 18. <ul><li>Talk to your kids </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set ground rules with your teen before any party </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talk to your kids’ friends and their parents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>let them know your rules and that you expect your child to follow them no matter where they are </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Involve yourself and your child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage in your community’s efforts to address underage drinking </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. For more information, go to: