With the season half over, it's been a busy spring break for area law enforcement.
The Log held a public forum at the June White Decker Beach Access in Destin to ask the community how they feel about the zero tolerance enforcement of underage drinking by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Here's what several people had to say regarding the policy:
Taylor Simpson, Alabama: "I don't think they should have to be taken to jail without their parents around or someone they know. In Tuscaloosa, I was taken to jail when I was 18 for underage drinking and I had to stay there for 12 hours until I sobered up. I had to pass a field sobriety test before they allowed me to make my phone call. It taught me a lesson, but it was awful and I was lucky my parents where nearby."
Chelsey John, Memphis: “It’s tricky, but nobody wants somebody driving drunk past them. An arrest is going on your record forever and can keep you from getting jobs, but at the same, time, sometimes it might just take that for one of these kids to learn their lesson.”
Doug Kenyon, Destin: “It’s ridiculous. I'm 58 years old and have lived here since I was a kid and started drinking when I was 18. You can go to war but you can't drink a beer? If nobody's raising hell then just leave them be. The jail in Crestview is so far away, but the law is the law.
Shadia Ronquillo, Ecuador: “I think it's safer and a good idea to have rules. Drinking underage isn't OK, but I do think the punishment should be less. But when you have rules, people tend to learn their lesson."
Brian John, Memphis: “Carting them off to jail just for drinking underage, that’s ridiculous. This is tourism down here, a lot of these kids or their parents are paying for these rooms and condos. They’re going to have to come up with another solution.”
Carl Tarver, Alabama: “I think they should ticket them. Sooner or later they're going to get caught. If they don't pay the fine, they'll have a warrant out for their arrest and will get caught eventually. The sheriffs should just pour out their cups if they're underage. They shouldn't be shackled and taken to jail."