RCMP in Lunenburg County have ticketed a 46-year-old man for permitting drunkenness at a grad party held at his property two weeks ago.
Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said police were called to a home in Chester on the night of June 16, where a heavily intoxicated young man was passed out.
When police arrived, they saw about four to five dozen people in a field at the home, and described them as having various levels of intoxication from alcohol.
A man and woman, both 18, were taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment because of how drunk they were.
Clarke said the 46-year-old man was ticketed under the Liquor Control Act for “permitting drunkenness to take place at any house or any premises of which he/she is the owner, tenant or occupant.”
Other jurisdictions have seen grad parties hosted on private property at which teens have been drinking, and parents have chaperoned or monitored the site to make sure no one drinks and drives. Police would often be advised by the hosts and set up checkpoints before, during or after the event.
Clarke said she wouldn’t call the Chester charge a sign of a renewed emphasis on enforcing that part of the act as it pertains to grad parties.
“I think, perhaps, people need to understand the risks and the liabilities involved with hosting such a party,” she said. “You’re assuming significant risk if somebody does get hurt, and I think people need to be aware of that.”
She also wouldn’t draw any parallels between this case and another grad party in Cape Breton, at which a teen, who had walked away from the party, died after he was struck by a vehicle.
That party happened a week before the one in Chester.
Clarke said there hasn’t been any kind of order sent to offices around the province to watch for and shut down the parties, but they want people to be aware of the dangers.
“That’s been this detachment’s approach and they’ve laid the appropriate charge,” she said.
There is no set fine for the ticket, which requires a mandatory court appearance.
“I think the courts want (people) to appear in court on offences like that. I think they’re seen as a little more serious than your garden-variety drunk in public-type ticket,” Clarke said.
The man will appear in Bridgewater provincial court Aug. 31.