Riverhead Youth Coalition Records 2016 Holiday PSA
Riverhead Youth Coalition members recorded their 2016 Holiday PSA (Public Service Announcement). The PSA, entitled Cool Parents, describes the risks and consequences for adults that knowingly allow underage drinking in their homes. The PSA will run during the last 2 weeks of December on Beach Radio 101.7, as well as on WRIV and Riverhead Town Cable Channel 22. Click here to listen to the one-minute PSA.
Parents that host underage drinking parties or knowingly allow underage drinking to take place in their home or property can be charged with a misdemeanor under Suffolk County’s Social Host Law. The penalties include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to a year in jail. Each year, 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related causes and more than 190,000 people under 21 visit and emergency room for alcohol-related injuries. Alcohol is the drug most abused by teens and causes more deaths in young people under 21 than all illegal drugs combined.
Youth coalition members conclude the PSA by stating that parents who are really cool understand that serving alcohol to minors is always unsafe, uncool and illegal.