State Bureau Looks to Limit Under-Age Drinking

ALLENTOWN PA – Establishments that serve alcoholic beverages to students attending colleges and universities in Montgomery, Berks, and four other counties will be asked to help “target under-age drinking” and potentially “prevent alcohol-related problems” both on and off campus, state police from the Allentown-based Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said Monday (Aug. 29, 2022).

The bureau reported local and state law enforcement agencies expect to work with owners of bars, restaurants, and other businesses licensed to sell alcoholic products, as well as education administrators. The goal, troopers said, was to “promote awareness and improve relations” regarding sales to minors and “other alcohol violations.”

Four other counties included in the bureau service area are Bucks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill.

With the fall semester now under way, the bureau pledged “state laws pertaining to the purchase, possession, consumption, or distribution of alcohol will be aggressively enforced.” Any person younger than 21 found in possession of, or consuming, alcoholic beverages will be cited, troopers noted.

“Every effort” also will be made, they added, to arrest anyone who furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person younger than 21. That’s a third-degree misdemeanor, according to troopers.

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