February 22, 2010
"Drinking by people under 21 is a problem in our state," said Senator Meyer. "Too many of our young people get alcohol from adults."
"Kids are not the only
ones with a problem," said Senator Meyer. "There are
currently 2,133 alcohol restricted licenses issued in the state.
An increase in civil damages will reinforce the message to youngsters
and adults that underage drinking will not be tolerated."
Additionally, SB 194 encourages education programs as part of sentencing in civil action suits for youths to have a better understanding of how alcohol affects their bodies.
According to the State of Alaska's Plan to Reduce & Prevent Underage Drinking, 11 percent of all treatment admissions for alcohol abuse in the state were youngsters between 12 and 20.
Having passed the Senate, SB 194 now goes to the House of Representatives for its consideration.
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