For the Townsman
With high school graduation and summer fast approaching the Cranbrook RCMP is reminding homeowners about the dangers and risks involved with hosting parties, especially where minors are consuming alcohol.
The public should be aware that they can be held civilly liable for any circumstances that stem from the consumption of drugs or alcohol on their property, whether it's by adults or youth. This includes damage and injury that resulted from unruly or criminal behaviour including acts such as impaired operation of motor vehicles. This is called host liability.
In the case of underage liquor consumption or providing a minor liquor, it also may result in a charge under section 33(1) of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act which carries a fine of $575. This can be issued to the host of the party by the RCMP.
"It is quite common for parents to believe they are doing the right thing by having parties in their residences," said Cst. Katie Forgeron, "thinking that it is a safe environment and that they will be able to curb what happens. Parents don't necessarily think of the consequences of what will happen if things get out of hand inside the house or when intoxicated minors leave the party and are no longer supervised."
The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.