Crackdown on underage drinking

State, county and city law enforcement officers are making a special push to crack down on underage drinking just as the prom and graduation season arrives.

The enhanced effort from now through May 13 is designed to help prevent serious alcohol-related accidents involving underage drivers.

Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law that makes it illegal for anyone under age 21 to possess or consume alcohol in the state.

Anyone under age 21 will have his or her driver’s license suspended for 90 days for a first offense or revoked for one year for a subsequent offense for any one of the following reasons:

• Any alcohol-related traffic offense.

• Any offense involving the possession or use of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, regardless of the amount consumed.

• Any offense involving the possession or use of drugs.

• Any offense involving the alteration, modification or misrepresentation of a driver’s license.

• A second offense involving the possession or use of alcohol by someone under 18 years of age.

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