CARTER COUNTY--Several officials from Carter county and surrounding areas gathered Wednesday afternoon at the Cater County Health Department in the hope of better understanding Cody's Law. The law, which is set to go into effect November first makes it a criminal offense for any adult to allow a minor to consume alcohol on their premises.
Health Educator Judy Cavnar says the law isn't perfect but it will make it easier to hold adults who contribute to underage drinking more accountable. Cody's law says that Oklahoma will no longer require great bodily injury or death to enforce penalties for social hosting.
Under Cody's law anyone convicted of allowing underage drinking could face a five hundred dollar fine and up to six months in jail. Penalties can be as high as five thousand dollars and up to five years in prison if the minor is involved in a serious injury or a fatal accident. The new law also applies to minors who allow underage drinking as well.