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Chesterfield approves measure to punish homeowners for underage drinking

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.

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