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Big fines proposed to curb underage drinking trend in Utah restaurants

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  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    March 8, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    Revoke their business liscence - 1st time.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    March 8, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    I know this is off topic a little, but I still don't understand the rationale of having to be 21 to drink? You can join the military and die for your country; you can vote, sign a contract, and generally be considered "of age" at 18. But you can't order a drink? Either the drinking age needs to be reduced back to 18, or you cannot engage in the previous activities until you are 21. And just for the record, I don't drink.

  • Munk Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 8, 2013 10:00 p.m.

    Obama10, you used to be able to drink at any age on a military post if you served. That changed in the mid 80s.

    You can legally order a drink on a minors drivers license if the birthdate shows that you are over 21, so the comment of "There were also instances where the cub showed a minor's driver's license and was served" may not be fully accurate.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 8, 2013 11:56 p.m.

    Bars serving underage patrons?!?!? Shocking!

    Didn't the proponents of spreading more booze around promise this wouldn't happen?

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    March 9, 2013 10:15 a.m.

    Obama10,
    Alcohol causes harm to the physically immature brain. Also there is an assumption that those 21 and over have better impulse control about alcohol consumption. That's probably true, but only marginally so.

    Restaurants serve alcohol to under age customers for financial gain and they have no regard for public safety. Pass a bill that makes it unprofitable, large fines, loss of license, increased civil liability, etc. Serving to minors is not about freedom of choice, it's about restaurant profit at the publics' expense.

  • benjoginko Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 9, 2013 10:53 a.m.

    If you really want to make a impact make the fine for both the person buying and the person serving. If a bartender or waitress looses $1500.00 they will check the ID.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 9, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    I question Valentine's stats. A LOT. Isn't he one of the legislators that proposed a few bills based on what a bishop told him that he had heard? These stings-ever see one of these under aged decoys? Balding at 19 & big. They look like they are 30. Valentine has an obsession with alcohol. I wish he had the same dedication to corrupt Utah politicians.