Alcohol ordinance is topic of forum for parents

By From page A3 | March 01, 2012

The city of Davis’ proposed minor alcohol preclusion ordinance is the subject of a forum for parents from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Holmes Junior High School multipurpose room, 1220 Drexel Drive.

Davis police Capt. Darren Pytel and nurse Mary James are the featured speakers, and families are encouraged to attend in order to learn more about the proposed ordinance, its background and the Police Department’s recommendations.

The proposed ordinance — potentially the second of its kind in the state of California — would give Davis police officers the power to cite minors under the influence of alcohol in a public place.

Under the current municipal code, minors cannot legally purchase or consume alcohol in public, but nothing says it is illegal for a minor to have alcohol in his or her system while in public. That’s what Police Chief Landy Black wants to change.

To view the proposed ordinance,visit http://cityofdavis.org/meetings/councilpackets/20120110/07%20minor%20alcohol%20preclusion%20ordinance.pdf.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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