Members of the Needles City Council discuss ordinance regarding social hosts and underage drinking.

Needles, CA- Members of the Needles City Council discuss ordinance regarding social hosts and underage drinking- Pictures- Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Needles, CA: Members of the Needles City Council discuss ordinance regarding social hosts and underage drinking.

Members of the Needles City Council also a went back and forward over an ordinance providing accountability for social hosts of minors during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 in Needles, California.

Some members of the Needles City Council think that there are already laws to prevent underage drinking and that this ordinance will be more of a big government and may push those who are wanting to have a fun from coming to our community.

Other members of the Needles City Council think this will put teeth in the law so that it will help police stop out of control trouble makers and those who are underage and drinking to be held accountable for there actions.

Some in the public addressed their support for the ordinance, but a resident brought his concerns of the ordinance and if the ordinance can be use to harass good and law abiding citizens by law enforcement.

A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy spoke to the members of the Needles City Council addressing some of the public’s concerns as well as questions of what is being done now to claim or stop the wild behaviors happening along the Colorado River front neighborhoods in Needles, California.

Reports of out of control teens have been seen riding wildly through the neighborhoods along River Road near the River Edge Golf Course and Jack Smith Park the golf carts well playing loud music and driving on sidewalks and over utilities covers.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy told members of the Needles City Council that they aren’t here to harass good and law abiding citizens or those who are coming to the Colorado River to have fun, and that this ordinance would help with enforcing the law.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy wants the public to know that they will respond to calls of wild behaviors that is causing trouble and damage in their community.

Members of the Needles City Council want to see more done to address the complaints and work on ways to prevent this kind of behaviors on these golf carts.

This agenda item was a discussion on directing staff to publish a notice of public hearing regarding adoption of an ordinance providing accountability for social hosts of minors which members of the Needles City Council want to find more information on this ordinance and want to find out how other cities have this ordinance set like.

According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) website, Social host liability laws allow for adults to be held responsible to furnishing alcohol to those under 21 years old.

Information obtained from the City of San Bernardino, California’s website, the San Bernardino Police Department has a Social Host Accountability Ordinance which states the following.

“San Bernardino Municipal Code §8.83.010 – 8.83.050, the Social Host Accountability Ordinance was passed by the San Bernardino City Council on August 2, 2011. A violation of this ordinance is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.”

In San Diego County, California, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has a Social Host Ordinance which states the following:

A “Social Host” is anyone who knowingly hosts underage drinking parties on property that they own, lease or otherwise control. Social Host Ordinance assigns responsibility to those who knew or should have known a drinking party was occurring on their property.

Anyone hosting a party is required to:
– Verify the age of guests
– Control access to alcohol to those under 21
– Supervise minors

Anyone allowing minors (under 21) to drink alcohol will be held accountable and may be:
– Cited/arrested
– Fined up to $1,000 or more
– Serve up to 6 months in jail
– Billed for law enforcement services

**** More information, maps, and charts regarding social host liability laws are also at the following website addresses: ****

– Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD):

http://www.madd.org/laws/social-host-1.html

– Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS):

http://alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov/Prohibitions_Against_Hosting_Underage_Drinking_Parties.html

– City of San Bernardino:

http://www.ci.san-bernardino.ca.us/cityhall/police_department/

http://www.ci.san-bernardino.ca.us/civica/inc/displayblobpdf2.asp?BlobID=11497

– San Diego County Sheriff’s Department:

http://www.sdsheriff.net/social-host/

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