Duxbury teens can now be fined, rather than arrested, for underage drinking

Duxbury police who catch teenagers underage drinking have a new option for reprimanding them after residents overwhelmingly approved a new bylaw this past weekend.

Teenagers may now receive a non-criminal fine rather than face arrest if caught drinking alcohol, reports The Patriot Ledger.

Residents approved the bylaw in a vote of 181 to 9 at Saturday’s town meeting, according to the Ledger. The bylaw states that police can opt to issue a citation to individuals under the age of 21 who “consume, possess, transport or carry on his person any alcohol or alcoholic beverages’’ if not accompanied by a person age 21 or over.


Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy proposed the bylaw.

“We are simply seeking a tool that allows our officers to apply a consequence to a poor choice without creating a criminal record,’’ Duxbury police wrote in a statement.

Read the full story in the Ledger.

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