Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bill would make it illegal for kids to be drunk

Sen. Kent Cravens today will introduce a measure that makes it a crime for minors to be drunk. The punishment would be a 60-day suspension of a drivers license. For those without a license yet, two months would be added to the time required before they could get a license.

Under current law, minors in possession can be charged, as can those who buy it, but if they are not in possession, they can't, Cravens said.

"If it is not in their hands, minors are not in possession and cannot be considered adjudicated or guilty of a crime," he said in a statement. "Drinking alcohol is not an appropriate behavior. It will be a crime."

The bill comes on DWI awareness day at the Capitol.

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