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December 18, 2009

Tuttle adopts Social Host ordinance

TUTTLE – The Tuttle City Council unanimously approved a social host ordinance this week, making Tuttle the fourth city in Grady County to do so.

Chickasha was the first to pass such an ordinance, with Blanchard and Verden following suit.

Representatives from Red Rock Behavioral Health Services, Director Ashley Cline and Prevention Educator Lauren Greenfield, spoke to the council about the benefits of a social host law.

Cline gave an overview of a social host ordinance and explained that the ordinance can reduce teen drinking and holds teens and adults accountable for their actions.

“I was really thrilled that they passed it,” Cline said. “I am really excited.”

The current Oklahoma Social Host Liability State La says it is illegal to give any alcoholic beverage of controlled dangerous substance to a minor. The penalties are applied only if a child dies or suffers great bodily injury.

To be clear, if a parent provides alcohol for their child in their home, they are not breaking the law under Social Host. However, a Social Host Ordinance holds accountable any person that knowingly hosts or allows a party, gathering, or event where youth are consuming alcoholic beverages.

It reduces youth access to alcohol, reduces binge drinking, and holds teens and adults accountable for their behavior, officials say.

Heated Discussion

about Fire Department

A discussion on fire department response brought heated discussion.

City Manager Tim Young told the council the town’s department heads are working together to deal with issues regarding county responsibility versus town responsibility for the EMS and the number of volunteers who respond to an emergency call.

Tuttle Fire Chief Gerald Cook said his department has averaged 3.3 volunteers responding to calls for the last two years.

“Occasionally, six or seven people respond,” Cook said. “You never know how many are going to respond. When we get on-scene, we can see what’s going on and start canceling. Four responders are usually sufficient, but it depends on the type of call it is. It’s hard to say, ‘This is going to happen when we get this call.’ It’s not always like they say it should be. I’d rather have too many than not enough, but we’ll do whatever the city deems necessary.”

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