Over the weekend, twelve people were arrested for possession of alcohol at Club Options in Lost Gap. Of those, eight were under the legal age of 21.
The latest figures show that last year, Lauderdale County had the third highest number of DUI arrests in the state. Of those, officials say 17% involved people under the legal age to actually drink.
According to Sheriff Billy Sollie, underage drinking is a growing problem.
"We're seeing more accidents involving young persons who have been impaired," said Sollie.
Of the 275 people arrested for DUI last year in Lauderdale County, he says 47 involved people under age 21.
"There are indications that a lot of them are getting it from home. Be it a clerk that knows the young person or be it somebody who is 21 buying it for young people, this is an issue that is a very dangerous issue that must be looked at by the community," Sollie said.
With that in mind Sheriff Sollie is reminding the public that supplying alcohol to a person under 21 could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or result in a business losing its license to sell liquor.
Although the penalties to some may seem harsh, Sollie says the bottom line is saving lives.
"If you take away any rational thinking due to impairment, they are a danger to themselves as well as to others," the sheriff said.
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