Missouri has a new law that steps up the fight against underage drinking. The new law attacks young people and adults. Senator Michael Gibbons (R-Kirkwood), sponsor of the bill in the Senate, got advice from a lot of high school students and says the legisalture has taken that advice. A new crime is created for underage drinkers: possession by consumption. An underage drinker with a blood-alcohol level of .02 will be considered in possession of alcohol. The law requires school districts to create a policy detailing consequences if students are found with or found drinking on school property or at school events. Governor Blunt says one out of three high school students admits to being binge drinkers. Blunt says it will take a coordinated effort by students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and law makers to deter underage drinking.
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