Penalty for allowing minors to drink expanded

SPRINGFIELD – Parents and guardians considering allowing their teenagers to host parties will need to be aware of a new law that goes into effect January 1.

Adults can be fined up to $2000 for allowing those under 21 to drink in vehicles, trailers, campers, or boats under their ownership or control.

If a death occurs, parents can be charged with a felony,

The legislation expands the current state law, which penalizes adults who allow underage people to drink alcohol in their homes.

The legislation is one of more than 200 new laws that will go into effect January 1,

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