CHESTERFIELD, Mo (KMOV.com) -- If you own a home in Chesterfield, you could soon be held responsible for underage drinking in the home, even if you’re not in the house.
Monday night, the Chesterfield City Council voted 6-1 to approve the new restriction.
The idea is to make it easier to prosecute anyone involved in underage parties.
“I know from experience, my neighbors have had parties at their homes,” said one resident. “They have had vandalism afterwards. No proof, nobody could be arrested. It is difficult and it’s a difficult situation.”
But others take issue with the measure, saying it’s unfair to homeowners.
“In order to assure that my family does not have a social gathering pop up at our house because of a flash mob of party animals, do I have to take my entire family of teenagers on a trip they don’t want? Aww, that’s crazy.”
Police agree that social media sites like Facebook can quickly lead to out of control teen parties.
The punishment for homeowners would be a fine of up to $1,000.