Early college students team up to take down underage drinking - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Early college students team up to take down underage drinking

Posted: Updated:

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A  group of ninth graders at the Early College High School are calling for a tougher penalty in their re-write the state's underage drinking law.

The "Project Citizen" program run by the South Carolina Bar Association is a state competition in which students address a problem in their community. The students say Horry County is a hot spot for underage drinking because people travel here to party.

So they are looking at what changes can be made to benefit the community. From there they come up with new policy based on their findings. The underage drinking problem in the community is something they all have experience with.

The current fine for underage drinking is $262.50, which they think should be tripled to $787.50. But through research, surveys and Facebook posts, what they've found is parents often pay the fines...not the teenage drinker who breaks the law.

The policy proposed by these students provides an option for the underage drinking to be penalized with community service.

The students presented their policy on Thursday, and the South Carolina State Bar will review its entries, along with other's from students around the state before choosing a winner. 

It's more than a high school project, though. Their teacher says council is actually passing the policy along to state legislatures urging them to amend the current underage drinking law.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Prostitution sting nets 31 arrests

    Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
    31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >>
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:06 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.