With graduation ceremonies approaching, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office reminds teens and their parents to celebrate safely.
Deputies say it is important for parents, teens and party hosts to understand the laws in order to keep everyone safe.
Some parents host after-graduation parties where alcohol is provided, thinking that they can better protect teens by supervising their drinking, and by keeping them from driving drunk. Deputies are warning parents and guardians that they will be held responsible if any underage drinking occurs on their property and they could be subject to criminal and civil sanctions.
Establishments that sell alcohol are reminded to ask patrons for ID. Underage sales and purchases could result in criminal prosecution.
CCSO offers these tips to help keep teens safe:
Regular and open communication between parents and teens can make a difference in preventing drunken driving, drug use, DUI accidents, and other destructive behavior. Take the time to give your teens the information and tools they need to stay safe.