Monday, October 17, 2011

Underage Drinking Ordinance Curtailed in Kinnelon, New Jersey

While many New Jersey municipalities have adopted tough laws on underage drinking in hopes of curtailing it, officials in Kinnelon, New Jersey have decided to foster a different approach.

Despite disapproval from many sources including local law enforcement, officials in Kinnelon tabled an underage drinking ordinance, promising to create a committee to come up with an alternative solution. Police Chief John Finkle, who supports the tough ordinance on underage drinking, stated that the current statute did not deter juveniles from drinking on private property while the proposed ordinance would certainly have done so.

While many hope the council adopts the ordinance and creates tough consequences on non-law abiding teens, such as license suspension and considerable fines, many parents in the community have expressed their disapproval. At a recent school board meeting, school board president Margaret Zybrick told parents and the board she believed underage drinkers should be educated and not punished when they made a mistake, such as drinking.

"Kids are bound to make mistakes. I think the repercussions of their actions should be done in a way that they learn from their mistakes and are not brow beaten from them," said Zybrick.
And while the community is divided on adopting the ordinance, it remains to be seen whether the curtailment of the ordinance and the adoption of other effective alternatives produces better results in the community.

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