Deputies Crack Down on Spring Break House Parties

Social host ordinances to be enforced in North County

By Nicole Gonzales
|  Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 AM PDT
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Encinitas law enforcement officials are concerned about underage drinking at house parties hosted by adults. They'll be patroling the area and cracking down on minors in posession.

Encinitas law enforcement officials are concerned about underage drinking at house parties hosted by adults. They'll be patroling the area and cracking down on minors in posession.

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Its spring break in Encinitas but law enforcement isn't concerned about youngsters drinking downtown.

They're concerned about underage drinking at house parties hosted by adults.

San Diego County Deputies say they'll be enforcing "Social Host Ordinances" in the north county, making it illegal for adults to provide a location or access to underage drinking.

Two-man crews will be out looking in certain areas, responding to house calls where minors are thought to be drinking.

"The child doesn't know how to drink," said Lt. David Gilmore with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. "These environments where a child can supposedly let their hair down and perhaps discover alcohol… they're becoming dangerously involved in binge drinking."

Last year, a Valley Center teacher was arrested for allegedly hosting a party at her house where dozens of kids were intoxicated.

"It's very foolish and it doesn't set a very good example," said Chula Vista parent Caroline Renack.

The topic has always been somewhat controversial with parents. Some say they'd rather have their child drink in a controlled environment.

However, anyone convicted of the crime can be punished with jail time and fines. In most cases, the adult is given probation.

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