You might have seen it in the news – Pennsylvania has a new underage drinking law that enforces stiffer penalties on offenders. As we move into the holiday party season, it's important to remember that it's not just underage drinkers who can be found at fault for car accidents. Under our state's Social Host Liability Laws, party hosts can be held responsible as well.
If you have a party at your home and serve alcohol, you're defined as a "social host" in Pennsylvania. While your adult guests are responsible for their own behavior, this is not the case with underage guests. If someone under the age of 21 is given alcohol at your party and then leaves intoxicated, you could be held responsible if they get behind the wheel and are involved in an accident.
As the party host:
Here are some resources you can use as you plan your party:
Enjoy the holiday season, but please do what you can to keep it safe for everyone.