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Social Host laws in the County of San Diego

Posted on 17 October 2022 by Monica Zech

Social Host Ordinances

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The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department aims to provide you with the highest quality of public safety service. Part of this mission is keeping your children safe. We are committed to preventing underage drinking/marijuana use and saving lives. We want to raise awareness of this critical issue by providing information on this page about the risks of underage drinking/marijuana use and Social Host laws in the County of San Diego.

State law prohibits minors under the age of 21 from purchasing, possessing, or consuming marijuana. Adult use between the ages of 18 and 21 is only allowed with a medicinal marijuana card, yet according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry:

  • Many teens believe that marijuana is safer than alcohol or other drugs
  • Regular use of marijuana can lead to significant problems, including Cannabis Use Disorder and withdrawal can interfere with other activities
  • Pictures below of parties providing alcohol to minors:

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Short-term use of marijuana can lead to:

  • School difficulties
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Increased aggression
  • Car accidents
  • Use of other drugs or alcohol
  • Risky sexual behaviors
  • Worsening of underlying mental health conditions, including mood changes and suicidal thinking
  • Increased risk of psychosis
  • Interference with prescribed medication

State law prohibits minors under age 21 from purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol, yet a report from the American Medical Association finds:

  • 2 out of 3 teens said it was easy to get alcohol
  • 1 in 3 said it was easy to get alcohol from their own consenting parents
  • 2 out of 5 said it was easy to get alcohol from a friend’s parents
  • 1 in 4 said they’d attended a party where youth under 21 were drinking in front of parents

A study from the American Medical Association also shows underage drinking is a factor in nearly half of all teen car crashes, which is the leading cause of death among teenagers. Well-meaning parents often host drinking parties on behalf of their children, but these gatherings can quickly spiral out of control. Hosting at home doesn’t change the facts or lessen the dangers of:

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  • Alcohol poisonings
  • Brain damage
  • Chronic alcohol addiction
  • Car crashes
  • Property damage
  • Community disturbance
  • Risky sexual behavior and sexual assault
  • Fighting
  • Accidental injuries due to falls or poor judgment

Social Host brochure

A “Social Host” is anyone who knowingly hosts parties where minors are provided alcohol or marijuana on property that adults own, lease, or otherwise controls. A Social Host ordinance assigns responsibility to those who knew or should have known minors were consuming alcohol or marijuana on their property.

Anyone hosting a party is required to:

  • Verify the age of guests
  • Control access to alcohol or marijuana for those under 21
  • Supervise minors

Anyone allowing minors (under 21) to drink alcohol or ingest marijuana in any form will be held accountable and may be:

  • Cited/arrested
  • Fined up to $1,000 or more
  • Serve up to six months in jail
  • Billed for law enforcement services

Social Host Ordinance Documents

Start Smart

Report Social Host Violations

Report Social Host violations to:

  • Sheriff’s Department: 858-565-5200
  • Students Speaking Out Hotline: 888-580-8477

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Stay Alert-Stay Alive – Safe Driving Talks

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!

Traffic fatalities continue to climb! My informational and inspirational safe driving presentations will help make you more aware of the dangers that often lead to collisions, whether driving, riding, or walking – helping to reduce the “collision risk factor.”   

See why traffic collisions continue to be the number one 9-1-1 emergency call for first responders.  This new awareness will help you avoid (or stop) bad driving habits to “reduce” your collision risk factor – making you a better – more alert driver and pedestrian!  Be advised traffic fatalities have gone up dramatically during 2020 and 2021.

Corporate Speaker for Companies – Program Planners:  My presentation will help reinforce your company’s safe driving policies – especially for employees driving company vehicles, such as no texting or other cell phone use while driving.  I’ll also make you aware of some critical issues when driving “company” vehicles.

I take the place of two speakers, providing a professional perspective from my work with emergency responders and as a victim, sharing my personal experiences with some of the major issues I cover.

Military Safety Stand-downs – Safety Officers: I offer hard-hitting talks for your safety stand-downs, especially before and during the holidays. Emphasizing the dangers and impact of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, driving distracted (texting), and the risks of riding motorcycles. My speaker’s fee is waived for our Military heroes within San Diego County. Outside the County – I may require travel and boarding expenses as needed.  

Colleges/High Schools: I can cover specific topics by requesting a presentation for your group or class. My talks can range from 20, 30, or 60 minutes up to 3 hours or more for your company conference or military safety stand-down. I continually update my discussions with the latest stats, pictures, videos, and latest news stories to help drive home the message.  High Schools – my talk is ideal before proms, for “Every 15 Minutes” programs, and before graduations.  When speaking to colleges, my talk is perfect for fraternities, sororities, health science courses, etc.

*I share my experience as a former spokesperson for police and fire and as a veteran air traffic reporter for local television and radio. In addition, I continue to work with crash scene investigators, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and local and National Safety organizations for my research.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Distracted driving – texting, cellphones, and more (our #1 problem)
  • Dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Stress & Road Rage – how to curb the rage
  • Aggressive Driving – examples
  • Red Light Runners & Red-Light Photo Enforcement – video examples
  • Dangers of Rolling through STOP Signs – examples
  • Dynamics of a crash – what are the significant factors that cause injury & death in crashes
  • Importance of obeying traffic laws made for our safety
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Protection
  • Importance of wearing seat belts
  • Types of crashes – rollover, side-impact, rear-ender, etc.
  • Car Seat Safety – Remember your precious cargo
  • Dangers of Speed
  • Driving company vehicles
  • Know who you are riding with
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Being a good safety role model for your family – especially your future teen drivers – (great for parenting groups)

Personal Impact Stories:

  • Losing my father to a DUI driver in June of 1992
  • My daughter was injured in a collision by a DUI driver in February of 2005
  • I was the victim of a STOP sign runner in August of 2003 – a crash that should have paralyzed me.
  • Drivers have hit me on their cellphones – I’m well aware of the dangers

Note: I speak on behalf of ALL those killed and injured in crashes every day!

For references, please see the comment section of this website to see audience feedback from previous talks—additional references offered by request.

Most of my talks are in the San Diego County area of Southern California, but I’m also available to speak outside the city & state by request! Virtual presentations are also available.

Email your speaker request to [email protected], or call me at (619) 219-9030.

Talks outside of San Diego have taken me to; Los Angeles, Long Beach, Corona, El Centro, Riverside, Miami, Florida, Portland, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and Fallon Naval Base in Reno, Nevada, to name a few.

Please visit the “CONTACT” section on the top bar of this website’s opening page for my speaker’s fee, but keep in mind my fees are negotiable. Therefore, I can efficiently work within your budget.

Stay safe!
Monica Zech

Traffic Reporter Monica Zech

Honored to be San Diego’s first female airborne traffic reporter & San Diego’s first Television traffic reporter.

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Know The Legal Consequences When Providing Alcohol To Minors

Posted on 29 March 2014 by Monica Zech

Do you know the legal consequences in providing alcoholic beverages to minors?  Please read the article below….

http://www.countynewscenter.com/news/5-penalties-you-face-giving-alcohol-minors 

 

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A Guide For Teen Driving Insurance

Posted on 17 June 2013 by Monica Zech

A website to help in purchasing car insurance for teens…and some links on driving safety!

 

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/carinsurance/teen-drivers/

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Stunt Goes Wrong

Posted on 27 October 2012 by Monica Zech

Teen tries to jump over moving car and fails – (video link below)

The 19-year-old was trying to impress college recruiters with his athleticism

PALM BAY, Fla. — Police in central Florida say a 19-year-old is recovering after a botched attempt to jump over a moving car in Palm Bay.

Officials report that Bladimir Barreto was conscious and bleeding when he was flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne after the Wednesday evening accident in serious condition. (November 24, 2012)

Police say Barreto was attempting the jump for a video to show his athletic prowess to college football recruiters. Barreto graduated from West Melbourne Christian Academy two years ago and played for the now defunct Brevard Grizzlies, an amateur football team.  Palm Bay police spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez says he’s lucky his injuries weren’t worse. Police say Barreto was likely trying to simulate videos he’s seen on the Internet.

Barreto’s brother was filming as another brother drove the car he tried to jump over

To see the video of this incident please click on the following link – caution – it is graphic in nature.

http://www.ems1.com/ems-oddities/articles/1360341-Video-Teen-tries-to-jump-over-moving-car-fails/

 

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Parents & Teens – Visit “The Seth Foundation” Website

Posted on 10 October 2012 by Monica Zech

A message from Karin Murphy: The Seth Foundation was founded because of the death of my 18 year-old son, Seth. I watched my son and my family struggle with his drug use for two years, starting with prescription drugs such as Soma and Oxycontin and ended with his use of Heroin. I want to help educate parents and especially kids on how dangerous drug use is. I would like to bring about awareness of the HUGE problem that no one wants to talk about.

www.thesethfoundation.org

 

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When Should Teens Begin Driving?

Posted on 17 September 2012 by Monica Zech

An Allstate Insurance survey discussed “When should teens begin driving, should that age be increased?”  See what the survey

had to say:

http://blog.allstate.com/rethinking-the-minimum-driving-age/

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A Mother’s Story – Losing Her Daughter Due To Texting

Posted on 06 March 2012 by Monica Zech

A mother shares tragic her story of losing her daughter.  On December 30th, 2011 her daughter was texting and driving when she lost control of her vehicle, crashed and died.

http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Ripley-County-Teen-Killed-in-Crash-While-Texting/d6yUXcKISUGlctUdmhmCEw.cspx

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