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RPD receives grant to combat underage drinking
RUMFORD -- The Rumford Police Department has received grant money from River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and The Maine Office of Substance Abuse to enforce underage drinking laws.
Police will take an aggressive stance along with other area agencies to reduce the amount of underage drinking present in the River Valley area.
"It is not our wish to summons or arrest those violating the underage drinking laws as we would much rather see voluntary compliance," noted Police Chief Stacy Carter. However, those partaking in these activities that are illegal can expect to face the legal consequences. There are plenty of other alternatives to encourage healthy, fun activities.
To those that facilitate and condone it, here are the consequences:
Title 28-a, Sec 2081 Furnishing or allowing consumption of liquor by certain persons prohibited.
A person may not knowingly procure, furnish, give, sell or deliver liquor for or to a minor. The following penalties apply:
A person who violates this paragraph commits a class D crime for which a fine of not less than $500 may be imposed. Second offense within a six-year period, a fine of not less than $1,000 may be imposed, none of which may be suspended.
A person that allows a minor under the person’s control or in a place under that person’s control to possess or consume liquor commits a Class D Crime for which a fine of not less than $1000 may be imposed.
Second offense within a six-year period, a fine of not less than $2,000 may be imposed, none of which may be suspended.
A person who violates either of these paragraphs commits a Class C (Felony) crime if the consumption by a minor in fact causes serious bodily injury to or death of the minor or any other individual.