As the school year winds down, high school seniors all over New York and across the nation are getting excited about graduation. Not only does it mark a major milestone in any teens' life, it also means attending scores of graduation parties with friends and classmates.
In a 2014 letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, New York's own Sen. Chuck Schumer urged federal regulators to place a ban on a new product called Palcohol that the senator believed would become "the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking." To this day, Sen. Schumer still believes that people would undoubtedly abuse Palcohol; and with recent approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, it's possible that Sen. Schumer's concern could become a reality down the road.
Our readers may have heard the recent news about New York Knick Jason Kidd being arrested for DWI after crashing his 2010 Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole in Water Mill, a small community in the Hamptons. Kidd received treatment for minor crash-related injuries, and the police released him without bail. He is due to appear in court at an unknown date.
In 2008, Dutchess County adopted the state of New York's "Social Host Law." The law says that any adult - 18 years of age or older - will face consequences for allowing anyone under 21 years old to drink alcohol at their residence. The basic idea was to hold those over 18 responsible whenever they permitted the consumption of alcohol by minors. The only exception to the rule would be if a parent gave their express permission to their own children to drink alcoholic beverages in their presence, or as part of a religious observance. The first criminal offense would carry consequences anywhere from a fine of $250 up to a year in a jail.