Often called “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers, the period between Memorial and Labor Days marks not only summer vacation for local high school and university students, but also nine of the 10 worst days for teen alcohol-related accidents.
In Northbrook, village and police officials remind residents that teen parties can have dramatic, adult consequences for minors and their parents.
Parents can be charged, under local ordinance, for hosting underage drinking parties or purchasing alcohol for minors, explained Daniel Petka, the department’s community relation supervisor. Consequences range from fines to community service.
“Parents can also be cited if they are aware of minor drinking at their residence and do not take measures to prohibit it,” Petka adds.
Here, check out some tips from Northbrook PD to keep the summer fun and safe:
- Don’t have a party at your home unless a responsible adult is supervising. Parents are responsible for keeping parties under control.
- Speak to your child before the party and set the rules.
- Frequently check on the party guests. If teens know that you’re likely to check on them, they’re less likely to behave irresponsibly.
- Have all guests come to one entrance and greet guests as they arrive so you can see what they’re bringing into your home and what kind of condition they are in. Some teens may have been drinking before they arrive at your home; think twice before allowing them into your home.
- Beware of the guests that make trips to their car or guests that arrive through another entrance.
- If you feel the party is out of control and/or the teens have been drinking, end the party and start contacting parents to pick up their children.
- Teens that have been drinking should never be allowed to drive. If you need help, call the Northbrook Police at 847-564-2060.
Looking for additional resources? Petka suggests educational seminars through the Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness (in partnerships with YMCA).
Also key to keeping teens safe is making sure they’re home before curfew.
“Many parents impose stricter curfews on their children during the school year and perhaps are more lenient during the summer,” Police Chief Charles Wernick shared as part of a reminder on village curfew laws for minors.
- Anyone under the age of 17 must be home no later than 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 12 a.m. on weekends. Drivers under 18 are restricted from roads after 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 10 p.m. on weeknights.
- Teens driving to or from religious functions, employment or school activities are exempt so long as they make no extra stops and head home immediately afterwards.
For more information on driving laws, please visit the Illinois Secretary of State.