Staff Sgt. Roger Plamondon says when it comes to underage drinking

Staff Sgt. Roger Plamondon says when it comes to underage drinking

Ladysmith youth show responsibility: RCMP

Underage drinking only a minor problem

Underage drinking is a problem for every town and city and Ladysmith is no exception.However, teens in town are, for the most part, responsible citizens, said Staff Sgt. Roger Plamondon.For 2010, there were 134 case files related to alcohol offenses.Plamondon said the number includes every offense, including underage drinkers.He said one of the issues that arises out of underage drinking is well-intentioned parents allowing underage  drinking on their property.“Parents providing liquor to underage youth or letting them come to the residence and consume their own beverages is an issue,” he said. It is a provincial offense to do so and can also result in civil liability.“It’s important for people to know the laws regarding it,” he said.Plamondon said drinking and driving becomes a major issue out of underage drinking.“There’s an emotional side to it,” he said, remarking the emotional toll it takes on someone if there’s an accident.“The consequences of knowing someone was drinking at your house and now they’re dead [can be scarring],” he said.He reminds the public that it’s illegal to supply alcohol to minors.“Parents need to be socially responsible and aware of the risks.”