Message from the Chief
Joseph A. Sinagra
Underage Drinking & Unlawful Hosting
The summer months are a time when many underage drinking parties occur. Both parents and children should be aware of the laws regarding underage drinking and the unlawful hosting of such parties. The goal of the Saugerties Police Department is to prevent consumption of alcohol by juveniles, deter binge drinking and avoid situations where juveniles or anyone else are driving under the influence. A law which has greatly enhanced our ability toward achieving this objective was adopted by the Ulster County Legislature on February 19, 2008 and is commonly referred to as the Social Host Law. Provided, you will find a synopsis of this law which everyone should take the time to read and understand.
The purpose of this Local Law is to protect the public interest, welfare, health and safety within the County of Ulster by prohibiting the services to and consumption of alcoholic beverages and drugs by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) at private premises located in Ulster County. The occurrence of social gatherings at private premises where alcoholic beverages or drugs are served to or consumed by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) is harmful to such persons themselves and a threat to public welfare, health and safety. Persons under the age of twenty-one (21) often obtain alcoholic beverages or drugs at such gatherings and that persons who are in control of such premises know or have reason to know of such service and/or consumption and will be more likely to ensure that alcoholic beverages and drugs are neither served to nor consumed by persons under the age of twenty-one (21) at these gatherings.
The effort to curb underage drinking is not just the responsibility of the Saugerties Police Department but also a responsibility of parents and merchants. Merchants must take all reasonable steps to ensure that those purchasing alcoholic liquor or malt beverages are at least 21 years of age. Valid photo identification is critical. Parents must be mindful of the type of parties their children are attending and what parties they allow to take place in their home or land especially when minors are invited. Together we can continue to make Saugerties a safe community to live in, visit and play.
Local Law # 2 of 2008 can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.co.ulster.ny.us/resolution-archives/2008/LL%20No.%202%20of%202008.pdf