Arrests Made for Underage Drinking

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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  • by Eric Paine Location: Newport Beach on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    It's time for the nation to repeal these Prohibition-era laws and adopt a more intelligent, progressive, and educational approach to drinking among younger adults. These laws simply don't work, they aren't enforceable any longer, and if anything they are counterproductive. Literally millions of responsible young adults are already consuming alcohol and that's not going to change. What we need to do is stop wasting the taxpayers money chasing, charging and prosecuting responsible young adults who want to have a beer, and start putting the money where it ought to be, in promoting smart education about responsible drinking, and in pursuing far more serious criminals, including those at all ages who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. -- Eric Paine President & Founder Drink At 18
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    one thing tired of hearing the cracks on the sheriff dept. not one of you woudl do what they do for the pay they get.. now the age limit to be lowered ARE YOU NUTS ____ love to see it raised to 25... NY & NJ lowered it for 2 wks was it became big trouble fast.. crimes that involved drinking went through the roof...
  • by Maurice on Feb 5, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    One more thing. These people who have these positions ask for them, they spend money running for these positions. They want these positions. Is it to much for me to ask them to do the job they wanted? The job they asked me to vote them in? The job they promised to do if the people elected them? Aren't we all expected to do a job if we ask for it? Are people in politics exempt from their promises? Seems to be a problem in this country, not just Lauderdale County.
  • by Maurice on Feb 5, 2010 at 03:59 PM
    1st- Why would I plead guilty to embezzlement? 2nd_ I don't run for the office because I don't have the formal training it would require. I did what I did because they said they needed proof before they could take any action. Since I had lost my son to a drunk teenager I was willing at the time to do whatever it took to stop the sales of alchohol to minors. Perhaps you would have done things differently, or perhaps you would have just let it go as kids will be kids. I'm not talking about 18 yr olds but, 15 to 17 yr old high school kids that did then and still do today by alchohol illegally. You're welcome to critisize me if you're OK with that.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 5, 2010 at 02:01 PM
    to maurice if you have a one up on authority and "know " all the facts why are you not running for election?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    hey it could be worse you could have pled guilty to embezzlement like that beverly morgan did.
  • by Maurice on Feb 4, 2010 at 08:19 PM
    Brittany, I did do my part, I was told they needed proof to take action. I supplied them with pictures, video and names of places selling to high school students. I contacted them several times to see what progress was being made. No arrest were made, no fines levied, nothing was done. I did everything I could do as a private citizen to help but, they did nothing. I have my facts, maybe you should get yours.
  • by Amused on Feb 4, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    My favorite part of all of this is that everyone involved has been bashed here... the TV station is just looking for news on a slow day. The sheriff's department and police department are incompetent. Seriously? Everyone thinks they can do the jobs of these people better than those with these jobs. Teachers deal with it, too. Do you ever wonder why YOU aren't a law enforcement officer or a teacher or a news reporter? Yet, you think you know more about their jobs than they do. It's amusing, really.
  • by W.H. Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:33 PM
  • by Brittany on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:03 PM
    To WN whats sad is that if you are in a position of authority and you still gripe and complain but yet do nothing.. and for give me for posting my comment before i proof read it.... im pretty sure the only postion your in daily is to either a) sit at your computer and tell other people how to do their job or b) sit on your couch and wait for Oprah to come on....
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