Underage Drinkers Could Lose License Under New Law

(KHNL) - There's another reason to not drink alcohol if you're under the age of 21. Beginning January 1st, you could lose your driver's license if you're caught possessing alcohol.

There are already many projects, such as park sweeps, designed to curb underage drinking. But police say minors consuming alcohol continues to be an ongoing problem.

Under a new law that goes into effect at the start of the year, a violator's driver's license will be suspended for at least 180 days. In addition, the person will be required to perform 75 hours of community service, and undergo up to 12 hours of alcohol education and counseling.

Police believe the potential penalties will serve as a deterrent.

"I'm sure 'cause that's part of their social life, you know, with teenagers having, being able to drive," Sgt. Ernie Pascual, Honolulu Police Department, said. "So something like that, even because they can get a job. If they want to do something as teenagers, you know, they're going to have to keep their license."

Police plan to inform students about the new law during upcoming school visits.