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New City Ordinance Deals with Parents and Underage DrinkingSubmitted: 10/11/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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ANTIGO - Think you're safe hosting an underage drunking party? Think again. One city is saying they won't put up with it.

Police in the City of Antigo say parent hosted underage drinking parties are not a major problem there, but they know they could be.

The Common Council voted Wednesday night to change an ordinance so people won't be able to get away with it.

The old ordinance they've amended is for failure to prevent underage drinking. As of last night, it now includes social hosting.

"This ordinance will fit better becaue this ordinance is for people who host a party. Whether it be at their home or at any other location, if they rent some place, or they go in a barn or something like that, and the parent, or any adult chooses to host a party for juveniles," says Antigo Police Captain Nate Musolff.

He says the ordinance change was the Action Alliance of Langlade County's idea.

He understands it's controversial though. Some parents would rather have their kids drinking around them, where they think they're safe.

"And that's a valid point in some situations, but not everybody is as responsible as everybody else. If everyone was 100 percent responsible we wouldn't have to worry about these things. But unfortunately that's not the case so we have to have as many tools as we can to deal with whatever might come up," says Musolff.

The fine for the first offense is $452.50. But the police could just write you the ticket, or they could choose to charge you criminally and send you to court.

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