Cheyenne Police Cracking Down On Underage Drinking


Jeff Schuman reports, jschuman@k2tv.com


Cheyenne Mayor reads "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" proclamation.


Over 56% of underage drinkers report having last drank at someone else's home.

"It's o.k. as a parent or an authoritative figure to be a friend of youth," Cheyenne mayor Rick Kaysen said. "But there's also responsibility that comes with friendship as we all know."

To address the issue, Cheyenne mayor Rick Kaysen read the "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don't be a party to teenage drinking" proclamation.

"It is illegal to give or allow your child's underage friends to drink alcohol in your home, even with their parent's permission."

In addition to parents hosting parties, police were finding late teenagers playing host as well, which will now come with a much stricter penalty.

"The social hosting ordinance was 21 and older that was liable to throw a party," core preventative specialist at the Cheyenne Police Department Lisa Scholz said. "Now if you're 18, 19, 20 you are going to be just as liable under the new hosting ordinance for a penalty of up to six months in prison and/or $750 fine and a mandatory appearance in front of the judge."

Scholz says a cultural change is in dire need and she hopes the program will educate parents of the many consequences that come with underage drinking.

"There is health affects, addiction affects and of course, you know, it's against the law. Period."