TUCSON, Ariz. — It's almost prom season and Tucson police have a serious message for teens, their parents and other adults. Minors should not be allowed to drink alcohol, period. The police department is reaching out to limousine companies, hotels, and others who may come into contact with prom goers in an effort to educate them regarding their responsibility to prevent underage drinking, and to remind them of the serious consequences they could face if they allow it to go on.
Bobby Q of Top Notch Limos says he will heed the advice of the police. "We'll be looking at the cameras to make sure the kids aren't drinking," he said. "Definitely gonna be some new contracts written up. We'll be talking to the parents a lot more."
Police say that too often in the past, prom parties and the limos that were hired involved the consumption of alcohol. Since the social host law went into effect in May of last year, 24 people have been cited.
Police Sergeant Tim Reese of the DUI squad says they are simply looking for the cooperation of the limo companies. "We're not looking for them to pull over at the sign of any criminal activity and call us," he says. "What we're asking them to do is to be responsible for what's going on in their vehicles."
Under Tucson's social host law, any adult can be cited for a class one misdemeanor if a minor is caught drinking alcohol on their property and it doesn't matter if it's in a room or in a car. They can even be cited if they didn't know the minor was drinking illegally or if they weren't there at the time.