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Georgia County Has Social Host Ordinance to Discourage Underage Drinking

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,839 people died nationwide in alcohol-related accidents. These deaths make up 32 percent of all fatal crashes.


Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.


A new social host ordinance in Kennesaw, located in Irondale, is designed to punish adults who make alcohol accessible to underage drinkers. Adults hosting parties where teenagers have consume alcohol may be subject to significant fines, up to six months in county jail and an undisclosed civil penalty a judge can determine.


Social host ordinances, sometimes called "teen party ordinances," exist in over half of the sates in the United States. Other counties that have enacted the ordinances have done so explicitly to reduce the incidence of underage drunk driving.  Georgia's social host law has the potential to conflict with the new regulation; the state law provides that a social host may be subject to civil damages if they provide alcohol to an underage driver with knowledge that the teenager will be driving.


If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Irondale DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia