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Drunk Minors Have it Easy

September 13, 2000
By: Rodger Oakes
State Capital Bureau

Adults driving drunk can lose their license for any reason through civil actions.

Minors, however, cannot be stopped without probable cause after a ruling by a court in Kansas City.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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The zero-tolerance law does not let minors lose their licenses as easily as adults. Adults can lose their license if they are stopped for any reason, such as a sobriety checkpoint.

But, minors must be stopped for another traffic violation.

Scott Holste, spokesman for the Attorney General, said the case will be taken to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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OutCue: "...to have two sets of standards."
Contents: Holste says the Attorney General does not believe the law's intent was to set up a double standard.

In essence, the law, which was supposed to crackdown on underage drinking and driving, has set up lighter punishments for minors driving drunk.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes.