A new bill going through the State Senate will crack down on underage age drinking.
The "Brown Jug Bill" would allow owners of bars or other places that sell alcohol to take underage drinkers to court if they purchase alcohol from their business. If convicted, the underage drinker would have to pay a $1,000 fine to the business itself.
Bruce Woboril owns the Elbow Room Tavern in downtown Stevens Point.
In just the two weeks since nearby UW – Stevens Point started classes Bruce has caught at least a dozen underage customers trying to buy drinks at his bar.
And he says in all likelihood he's probably a missed a few-- a mistake that could cost him a $389 citation from the city and potentially his liquor license.
"Without a liquor license a tavern owner doesn't make a living”, Woboril explains.
Advancements in technology have made it easier for underage drinkers to get their hands on fake ID's. A truth made evident by Woboril's growing collection.
He says an ID scanner can run anywhere from $400-$500. A price he and his small business aren't willing to pay. "We spend the time examining the ID, looking at the photograph and looking for the tell tail signs that are on the ID that would indicate that it is a fake or borrowed or altered."
Woboril and other members of the Portage County Tavern League are throwing their support behind the bill.
"It's one tool we can put in our toolbox that would be very very effective. $1,000 is a lot of money and if would be a heck of a deterrent i think for the underagers.”
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