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Floyd County task force forms to prevent teen drinking

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Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – A new community task force has been developed to curb teen drinking throughout Floyd County.

Armed with the motto, "Parents who host, lose the most," the joint task force of Floyd County law enforcement, school officials, and parents aims to crack down on teen drinking by cracking down on adults that provide alcohol to minors.

Three years in the works, the task force asks parents to both refrain from hosting parties with alcohol and encouraging minors refrain from drinking until reaching the legal drinking age of 21. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson reminded parents that serving alcohol to minors is illegal.

"It's against the law in the state of Indiana. It's contributing to the delinquency of a minor," said Henderson.

Anyone caught serving alcohol to minors ages 18 and older could face up to a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Adults caught providing alcohol to minors under the age of 18 could face up to one year behind bars and a five thousand dollar fine.

In addition to working with the task force, Floyd County deputies will also begin offering party disbursement training for regional, county, and city officers.

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