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Underage Drinking Focus of Roundtable

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Earlier today, a group of state senators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and high school students met in Springfield to discuss underage drinking laws that took effect a little more than one year ago. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports

Earlier today (Monday), a group of state senators, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and high school students met in Springfield to discuss underage drinking laws that took effect a little more than one year ago.

One of the laws allows prosecutors to go after minors who are visibly intoxicated or have a blood alcohol level of point 0-2. Previously, minors violated the law only when they were caught holding an alcoholic beverage in their hand.

Sergeant Dan Bracker is spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol, Troop D.

Bracker says when officers suspect minors have alcohol in their system, the law allows officers to take action immediately.

Bracker says those who participated in the roundtable had only a few suggestions for making some very minor changes to the existing law.