KDWP to boost vigilance for teen drinking

The Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks has announced it will be working additional hours this spring in an effort to combat underage drinking on KDWP?s properties.

KDWP reports that additional enforcement hours have been made possible through a grant administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

KDWP?s natural resource officers will concentrate on problem areas known or suspected to be used by underage drinkers. These ?party spots? will be heavily patrolled during select high-use periods.

Persons not of legal age caught consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages will be processed through the judicial system, according to KDWP.

In the past couple of years, changes have been made in the law?K.S.A. 41-727?pertaining to consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons.

One change is that consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages by an underage person is punishable by a 30-day suspension of driving privileges if convicted on a first-time offense.

Upon a second conviction, driving privileges will be suspended for 90 days.

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