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Friday, 11 December 2015 00:00

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By Donna Wood

            Have you ever been tempted to supply or even buy alcohol for a minor (Under 19)? Were you aware of the legal ramifications?

            The consequences are very serious. It is illegal for

a minor to possess, buy or drink alcohol. If an individual supplies liquor to a minor they risk a maximum $200,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

            Also, if you are stopped by police and there are opened bottles, cans or glasses of alcohol in your vehicle, several charges may be laid depending on the circumstances?

            We are well into the merry season and you may encounter passengers in your vehicle who want to take a “traveller” with them. Think again about allowing this.

            You may be charged with “driving a motor vehicle with open liquor readily available” under section 32(1) of the Liquor Licence Act. The charge carries a fine of $180. Further, you may be subjected to a breathalyzer test, and taken to the police station if there are reasonable grounds to believe you are impaired.

            The passenger(s) will be charged under section 31(2) LLA and fined $125 each.

            So just say NO and travel safely this season—and help keep our youth safe.

            Donna M. Wood is a licenced paralegal who operates Wood Paralegal Law Office, 705-738-9841.

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