Who’s Minding the Children? Florida’s “Open House Party” Law Enforced

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It’s nothing new- underage drinking while parents weren’t watching. But what about when parents are not only watching, but supplying the alcohol to their children? The ramifications, both moral and legal, are at the forefront of this issue. Many parents feel that allowing their kids to drink at home under their roof makes it safer and less of the “forbidden fruit” syndrome. They feel that by monitoring the amount of alcohol consumed by their teens makes for “responsible” drinking. Many parents have even extended these allowances to the friends of their children. They feel that by removing the taboo along with taking the car keys, the situation is a safe one. They view it as a rite of passage. They may feel it is a safe situation but it is certainly not a legal one. In 1995, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the “open house party” law. This law states that if anyone under 21 years of age is caught drinking alcohol or using drugs in your home or on your property, you will be arrested. The charge is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Underage drinking has cost the residents of Florida $3 billion dollars. Palm Beach County residents foot the bill for $223 million of that. Continue reading “Who’s Minding the Children? Florida’s “Open House Party” Law Enforced”

Texting and Driving- The Sad Price Of Technology

Advances in technology have certainly made our lives easier and allows us to be more productive during the course of a day. But at what expense do we pay for these advances? Sometimes it is at the cost of a life. In 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver distraction was the cause of 5,800 deaths and 515,000 injures. Continue reading “Texting and Driving- The Sad Price Of Technology”

Contaminated Food Suppliers Knew “Egg”zactly What They Were Doing

The recent egg recall is making us all wonder how safe our food sources really are. Salmonella outbreaks are becoming more and more common and sending more people to the hospital with food poisoning and other illnesses. Recently, many have fallen ill from eating bad eggs.

On August 13, 2010, Wright County Egg Company conducted a voluntary recall of 380 million eggs shipped by the company since May 19, 2010. The company has been cited by state regulators many times. The owner, Jack Decoster, said as his company grew, it became more difficult to comply with food safety regulations. Federal inspectors found filthy conditions at the company’s chicken farms. Eggs are a staple of most diets and are found in many other food products sold in grocery stores and restaurants.

According to the Mayo Clinic, salmonella bacteria have several strains that can leave the victim very sick. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and blood in the stool. The incubation period can range from several hours to two days. Our children, the elderly and those with immune conditions are all at higher risk for severe illness, and perhaps even death.

Without making the necessary changes to the deplorable conditions, Wright Country Egg continued selling millions of dollars of contaminated eggs. So who monitors our food safety? The Food and Drug Administration is our only control over our food sources. Their job is to regulate and supervise the quality of food, pharmaceuticals and other related products. The increased risk of lawsuits resulting from these food borne illnesses may create financial incentives for companies to produce safer foods. Continue reading “Contaminated Food Suppliers Knew “Egg”zactly What They Were Doing”