The time for proms and graduation parties is upon us. We congratulate the graduates on this milestone in their lives and wish them success, health and happiness in all their future endeavors. Of utmost concern is making this graduation season safe for all participants. Don’t let this time be marred by an incident involving alcohol or other drugs.
According to South Dakota Codified Law 35-9-2, it is a Class 2 misdemeanor for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, attempt to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also a Class 2 misdemeanor for anyone under the age of 21 to misrepresent their age with use of any document for the purpose of purchasing or attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages from any business licensed to sell alcohol beverages.
The law is also very clear on liability associated with hosting a party where alcohol is served. No person, acting as a social host, may, knowingly, permit any person under the age of 18 to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage, regardless of the source of the alcoholic beverage, on or at the premises of the person acting as social host.
No person, acting as a social host, may, knowingly, permit any person aged 18, 19, or 20 to illegally consume any alcoholic beverage, regardless of the source of the alcoholic beverage, on or at the premises of the person acting as social host. It is considered a Class 2 or Class C misdemeanor.
If you are planning on hosting a party where alcohol is going to be consumed, please make sure that no one under 21 is allowed to consume alcohol. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated should not be allowed to continue drinking, and should be given a ride home.
Let’s make 2017 the year when no one is arrested, injured or killed because of celebrations that got out of hand. Let’s honor our graduates and ensure their safety and their futures by not allowing alcohol to be part of the party.
Working together, we can make our communities safer and healthier places to live.
Spink County Sheriff