A Western Kentucky county may soon have a new law on the books that holds property owners responsible for underage drinking on their property. The McLean County Fiscal Court will take a final vote on the ordinance Tuesday.
"We're having underage drinking in our county going on at times and we find that those individuals subsequently end up on the highways driving and we have other problems to deal with at that point, which are monumental," says McLean County Judge-Executive Kelly Thurman.
Thurman says the ordinance will not punish property owners unaware of underage drinking. The law is intended to punish only those condoning the activity. A first offense would result in a $100 fine. The ordinance is modeled after similar laws in surrounding counties.