When will the Maui Social Host Ordinance begin?
The Social Host Liability Ordinance takes effect September 1st, 2021.
How much could I be fined?
The first violation is $200, the second violation is $500, followed by $1,000 for a third violation within a 12 month period. In addition to the civil fine, subsequent violations may require reimbursement for response costs such as the county dispatching emergency services. Only a single violation and order may be issued for an incident within a 24-hour period.
Can minors still be cited for underage drinking?
Yes. Citations for Minor in Possession, Minor in Consumption, and/or Furnishing Alcohol to Minors will still be issued along with the Social Host Civil Citation.
Do I need to be home during the underage drinking to be liable?
No. A responsible person will be strictly liable and subject to fines where an underage person possesses or consumes intoxicating liquor, except in exempted circumstances, even if they are not present.
How can I prevent underage drinking and social host violations?
Each family is unique. Preventing underage drinking at your house will require a unique strategy that its your lifestyle and family. Here are some tips to be S.M.A.R.T. about alcohol at home:
- Separate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks into adult and youth coolers or refrigerators.
- Monitor your alcohol, especially at parties. If you are the host, you are responsible.
- Avoid playing drinking games and binge drinking.
- Remember to tell anyone under 21: "Not in my hale!" (no underage drinking allowed) - and mean it!
- Talk about alcohol with you teen, let them know your expectations for them, and listen to their concerns.
How can I talk to my child about alcohol?
Start conversations about your values and expectations while your child is young. Your child will get used to sharing information and opinions with you. This will make it easier for you to continue talking as your child gets older.
- Plan ahead.
- Be honest.
- Make it a conversation.
- Talk about the risks.
- Destroy myths.
- Talk about peer pressure.
- Encourage your teen to be open.
- Be calm.
- Tell your teen how you feel.
- Be clear about expectations.