New Campaign Launched to Fight Underage Drinking

By Pilar Arias

A San Antonio city councilman, the San Antonio police chief and two non profit organizations announced a new way adults will be held responsible for underage drinking in the Alamo City.

The launch of a social media campaign called #NoPartyParents was made by Rey Saldana, SAPD Chief William McManus and repesentatives from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition Monday afternoon.

The campaign’s goal is to deter underage drinking at house parties by showcasing what social host situations can look like and the fines that are associated with them.

McManus said parents and property owners can now face civil citations of $300 for a first time offense, $500 subsequently for violations of the law. That’s a change from a criminal arrest that can stay on someone’s record.

“Underage drinking is a crime and you will be held accountable for providing alcohol to minors,” McManus said at a press conference.

For more information about the campaign, go to http://nopartyparents.com/

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