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Michigan Gets Tough on Underage Drinkers
A new law that took effect Sept. 1 in Michigan could mean tougher penalties, including jail time, for underage drinkers, WJRT-TV 12 reported Aug. 31.
An amendment to the state Constitution gives judges the option of ordering jail time for minors caught drinking. Previously, underage drinkers were either ticketed or fined.
"It puts teeth into a lot that was there for underage drinkers," said Connie Ayers, who heads the Genesee County Chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving. "It gives judges a little bit more to work with in case the kids don't follow through with what they're supposed to do."
Under the new law, underage drinkers caught with alcohol a second time could receive 30 days in jail if they fail to comply with the terms of their probation. Three or more convictions would result in 60 days in jail. The law also requires fines of up to $500.
Ayers, who lost a daughter eight years ago in a drunk-driving incident, said the new law is aimed at reducing underage drinking and lowering the number of automobile crashes involving alcohol.
"If a parent hears about this, they need to tell their kids, 'You could go jail. You could die and you could go to jail,'" Ayers said.
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