Law proposes age limit to be able to walk into liquor store

(WMC-TV) - If you're under 21-years-old, you already know you can't legally buy alcohol. But soon, if Jackson lawmakers get their own way, you might not be able to walk into a liquor store.

A sign on Bob Lindsey's liquor store door clearly says it: if you're under 21, you're not allowed to go inside.

"You'll notice that they'll point to certain items loading a hand basket or push cart that the 21-year-old is pushing around," Lindsey says.

Lindsey is a 20 year veteran of the Tennessee Highway patrol. He says he's had to work hundreds of wrecks where teens died from drinking underage and getting behind the wheel.

Now, he and other store owners want adults only inside their places of business. The idea is getting support from the Jackson City Council.

"We want to make as many obstacles where we can, and to not allow, legally, people under 21 to enter a liquor store without a parent or guardian would create those obstacles," said Jackson City Council member Scott Conger.

The Under 21 plan is also getting attention state wide. Rep. Jimmy Eldridge of Jackson is sponsoring a bill that would make it illegal to enter a liquor store if you're under 21, unless with a parent or guardian. It also gives liquor store owners and employees the right to ask for ID and for the customer to leave the premises if underage.

Ultimately, to Lindsey, underage drinking is dangerous and its effects are far reaching.

"Tragic car accidents, alcohol overdoses, violence, irrational behavior, any number of those things,"  he said.

Area high school students are invited to a drunk driving seminar this coming Monday night featuring drunk driving accident survivor Blake McMeans.

The event will be held at the Ned Ray McWherter Cultural Arts Center in Jackson at 6:00 p.m.

The Memphis City Council recently passed a similar "Under 21" ordinance at the end of September.

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