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Clemson passes social host ordinance targeting underage drinking

Clemson’s city council has passed a social host ordinance that will crack down on underage drinking.
Under the ordinance, social hosts can be cited if they knowingly allow an underage individual to consume alcohol. Hosts can also be cited if a social gathering gets out of control to the extent that public safety, health, peace or welfare are threatened.
The ordinance passed by a 6-1 vote at Monday night’s city council meeting after undergoing two readings and a public hearing, WSPA reported.
The ordinance went into effect immediately upon its passing. First time offenders will have to pay a $200 fine, second time offenders a $300 fine and third time offenders a $400 fine or up to 30 days in jail. Fourth time and subsequent time offenders will face a $500 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.
The ordinance was proposed by the city of Clemson’s Police Chief, Jimmy Dixon, earlier this year. Dixon said the ordinance was needed to help crack down on out of control parties. Clemson police bust an average of upwards of 200 parties a year, according to Dixon.
You can view a copy of the ordinance below.

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