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Duxbury decriminalizes underage drinking

A police-sponsored bylaw decriminalizing underage drinking was passed “overwhelmingly” at Town Meeting in Duxbury on Saturday, according to a statement by Duxbury police.

The new law allows police to impose a fine on minors in possession of alcohol, rather than making arrests or filing criminal charges. Fines would be $150 for the first offense and $300 for the second and subsequent offenses, the Globe reported last week.

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“We feel strongly as a department that we need a tool that allows the officer to provide that formal consequence more consistently without creating a permanent criminal record for an adolescent,” police said on their website.

“Several Cape Cod towns, as well as Plympton here in Plymouth County” have had similar bylaws “for quite some time,” police said.

Reenat Sinay can be reached at reenat.sinay@globe.com.
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