State bureau to crack down on underage drinking on and near campuses

MONTOURSVILLE — The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be working with both local and state police in an effort to target underage drinking in and around college campuses, the bureau’s Montoursville office said.

Officers will meet with selected campus administrations and campus enforcement authorities in an effort to reduce underage consumption of alcohol and pre-empt alcohol related problems at colleges and universities, the bureau said.

Officers will also meet with many liquor licensees in college and university areas to promote awareness, improve relations and reinforce preventing sales of alcohol to minors and other alcohol violations, the bureau said.

The bureau reminds everyone that any person under the age of 21 found in possession of, consuming or distributing alcohol will be cited for underage drinking and face up to $300 in fines and possible imprisonment of 90 days.

Additionally, people convicted of underage drinking, misrepresenting their age to buy alcohol, or carrying a false ID will have their driving privileges suspended for 90 days for the first offense, for one year for the second, and for two years for any third or subsequent offenses, the bureau said.

Every effort will be made to arrest any person that supplies alcohol to someone underage, the bureau stated. Any person, including parents, found supplying alcohol to minors will be charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, it said.

The penalty for this offense is a minimum fine of $1,000 and up to one year imprisonment, the bureau said.