Homeowners will be held liable for underage drinking on their property

Local News

ALTON, Texas – The Alton City Council passing a Civil Social Host Ordinance on May 14. It’s a local law that holds adults liable for any underage drinking on their property.

“It allows us to impose civil penalties against the homeowner or the people that are hosting these type of parties.” Says Police Chief Jonathan Flores.

Alton became the second city in Hidalgo County and the fifth in the state to pass this ordinance. Chief Flores says it’s all in the effort to prevent tragedies. “It’s just something that we are doing, to take a proactive stance to eliminate the instances of these things from occurring. It’s all about keeping the community safe and making sure that alcohol is not being provided to minors.”

The local coalition, UNIDAD, works towards preventing and stopping underage drinking. They decided to reach out to the city after conducting a survey.

Bianca Viera, Prevention Specialist with UNIDAD Coalition, “We conducted a couple of surveys with high school students. They were telling us that the places they were mainly obtaining alcohol was parents or parties.”

She adds loud noise complaints is one of the things that can lead police to the discovery of a minor consuming alcohol. The coalition says they are working towards implementing an ordinance in other cities of the Rio Grande Valley.

“We do know that underage drinking or alcohol is the primary substance being used by youth. I wouldn’t say another city specifically it’s just a common thing in our county.” says Viera.

Alton Police says adults can face a fine of up to $1,500 if they allow underage drinking on their property.

According to the Texas School Survey, nearly half of students in south Texas grades 7 through 12 have used alcohol.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands"

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing"

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Disinfecting"

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth"

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact"

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas"

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often"

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link

Inside RGV Politics

More Inside RGV Politics
More Throwback Thursday