There’s nothing worse than a belligerent drunk. The combination of adults drinking and driving is a lethal weapon, throw in the fact that the age range (18-21) for the majority of alcohol consumption at the annual Picnic Day on the UC Davis campus, then potentially driving after-the-fact and now you have a disaster waiting to happen. A much-needed city ordinance giving Davis police the power to cite minors under the influence of alcohol is now being proposed. This is aimed at college students, but more importantly the ordinance will impact high school and junior high students. The absurdity that we need an ordinance for this shows how out of whack our archaic alcohol laws truly are.
Presently, there are no prohibition with a minor having alcohol in their system when police officers encounter this person.. The most intrusive the police can be under present law, is to attempt to find the minors parents. Police can’t even legally hold the minor until their parents arrive. Currently a kid can just walk away with no fear of apprehension. With all the alcohol related tragedies that happen in society, you would think there would be a law preventing this activity. This is obviously a serious health and safety issue.
Under the proposed ordinance, police officers can now cite minors for being under the influence in public. For youths under 18, the ordinance includes a mandatory trip to the Police Department’s diversion program. I always assumed a minor under the influence in public could be at least be held or ticketed for breaking a law. I’m guilty of ignorance for making that assumption. For those neighborhood’s near campus and downtown that are being afflicted the most with defiant youth drinking issues, this comes as a relief. Most weekend nights have multiple house parties that occur near downtown, if those parties were only confined to that home, then no problem. Unfortunately, those kids leave parties making a nuisance of themselves by destroying private and public property. The goal of this ordinance is to eliminate the bad behavior at those neighborhood parties.
The Davis City Council said before they would consider approving the ordinance, they wanted more community input. A number of forums are scheduled for residents in Davis to learn more about the proposed ordinance. We certainly have a culture in Davis that says binge drinking by our youth is acceptable, this mentality has to change. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs and to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California and the surrounding communities.