Oxford officials may change drinking laws

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Officials are considering changing the city's alcohol ordinance to hold businesses responsible for the underage drinking that is common in this college town.

The fact that alcohol consumption is illegal for those under age 21 offers little deterrence for many young drinkers.

Some city officials think the best way to curb underage drinking is to put the responsibility directly in the hands of those serving the alcohol.

Mayor Richard Howorth says the city could tie the responsibility to the beer permits and privilege licenses.

If Oxford's proposed ordinance changes are enacted, a business that violates the ordinance will lose its beer and light wine privilege license for two weeks and be on probation for a year.

A second violation will draw a three-week license suspension and a second year of probation, and a third violation will require license revocation for at least two years.

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