As proms and graduations approach, the Lake Forest Police Department would like to remind everyone that in Illinois drivers less than 21 years of age are subject to zero tolerance laws, which make it illegal for those under the age of 21 to drive after having consumed any amount of alcohol.
A violation of zero tolerance laws may result in license revocation, significant fines, and extended community service. The police department also reminds parents and businesses under the social hosting laws that they may be held criminally and civilly liable for any incidents that result from making alcoholic beverages available to anyone under the age of 21. The possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 33 percent of fatalities among 15 to 20 year-olds are a result of motor vehicle crashes, of which at least 35 percent are alcohol related. During the spring prom and graduation season, young people are more likely to fall victim to vehicle crashes, especially those involving alcohol.
The Lake Forest Police Department wants all students to enjoy themselves and return home safely during this significant time in their lives. No parent wants to be awakened by a late night call or visit by a law enforcement officer.
We ask that everyone be extra diligent when it comes to alcohol. We also encourage all parents to make the decisions that will ensure the safety and security of our children.
Joseph C. Buerger
Chief of Police