I was 16 years old the first time I consumed alcohol in the presence of an adult. Around that same time, I began asking strangers outside the King Kullen in Wading River to purchase beer for me. I can’t recall a single time I went home empty-handed.
That was 1995 and, boy, have things changed since then.
Following a pair of recent “social host” law arrests, the issue of teen drinking is on the minds of local police and school officials, who say education is key to preventing similar incidents.
A large house party at a Mattituck home Saturday night led to a homeowner being arrested under the social host law, Southold Town police said. READ
A large house party with more than 75 people led to a Southold woman being arrested under the Suffolk County social host law, according to a police press release. READ
Nearly a decade has passed since Suffolk County adopted its social host law, which is aimed at preventing adults from allowing minors to consume alcohol in their homes.
A bill to strengthen Suffolk County’s “social host” law was unanimously approved at last Tuesday’s county Legislature meeting in Hauppauge.
Two Southold residents were arrested under Suffolk County’s social-host law after police busted a house party in Southold Tuesday night, Town police said.
Police got a report of a large party at 340 Pine Avenue in Southold about 9:30 p.m., according to a report. Police arrived at the scene and found “numerous” underage people drinking alcohol throughout the home, police said.
Cops broke the party up and arrested Marcus Smith, 21, and Christine Papot, 18, who live at the house, according to the report.
Both Mr. Smith and Ms. Papot were charged with violating the social-host law by providing alcohol to minors, according to the report.
Reached at her Pine Avenue home Wednesday morning, Ms. Papot said the party was supposed to be small, but people who weren’t invited to the party ended up coming to the house.
“It just turned into something bigger than it should have been,” she said. She said people who “shouldn’t have been there” were at the party, but said it didn’t get out of control and that nothing inside or outside the house was damaged.
Ms. Papot and Mr. Smith were taken to police headquarters and released with a future court date to answer to the charge, police said.