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Quincy Police: Grad parties and alcohol don't mix


Parents, if you're planning your child's high school graduation party, local law enforcement wants to make sure alcohol isn't on the invitation list.

Under a new 'Social Host Law' that went into effect in Illinois at the beginning of this year, people who allow underage drinking in their home, will be guilty of a misdemeanor with a fine of at least $500.

If there's going to be alcohol at a grad party for those over 21, officers say parents need to make sure minors aren't drinking.

"The main thing is just be aware of who's coming," said Randy Wheeler with the Quincy Police Department.  "Make sure that you know the kids that are coming and that you know the background; whether or not they're likely to sneak stuff in."

The law also states if a teen drinks in your home, then leaves and gets into an accident, the homeowner is subject to felony charges.

And, parents aren't the only ones at risk for legal action, Wheeler says it also includes older siblings supplying drinks.

"I have seen that happen where big brother, big sister goes out and buys alcohol for somebody that's underage and there could be repercussions for that if they're caught," said Wheeler.

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