Liquor enforcement officers from the state police, Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement in Tioga and other north central counties, will be working with local and state police to target underage drinking in around campuses, including Mansfield University around the start of the fall 2019 semester.

Officers will meet with selected campus administrations and enforcement authorities in an effort to reduce underage consumption of alcohol and pre-empt alcohol related problems at colleges and universities.

They also will meet with liquor licensees in college and university areas to promote awareness, improve relations and reinforce prevention of sales to minors and other alcohol violations.

State laws pertaining to the purchase, possession, consumption or distribution of alcohol will be aggressively enforced. Any person under the age of 21 found in possession or consuming alcoholic beverages, will be cited under Pennsylvania’s underage drinking law.

This is a summary offense that carries a potential fine of up to $300 and up to 90 days in jail for a first offense.

The fine increases to $500 for subsequent offense. Entry into an ARD pre-adjudication program counts as a conviction.

Those who provided alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21, including parents, will be charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, a third degree misdemeanor, with a minimum penalty fine of $1,000 and up to one year in jail. The fine for a second or subsequent offense is a minimum of $2,500 and the arrest will be part of a permanent criminal history.