Lawmaker proposes penalties for underage drinking

Lawmaker proposes penalties for underage drinking


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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A state lawmaker is proposing new penalties for anyone younger than 21 who is caught drinking in a bar.

Republican Rep. Curt Oda of Clearfield says he will introduce a bill in the Legislature that calls for revoking the driver license for one year for anyone caught drinking alcohol at a bar.

Anyone who doesn't have a license and enters a bar and drinks illegally couldn't get a license for one year.

Oda says bar owners are already punished if someone comes into their club who is underage, but the person who is there unlawfully isn't.

He says the kids who are violating the law are the real problem, not bar owners who are trying their best to keep out minors. Oda says a lot of kids will use a real ID of someone that is older than they are to get into a club.

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Information from: Deseret News

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