One reason I love the Patch is because it is a great way for people to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions. After hearing from some Patch readers, I believe you all have hit the preverbal nail right on the head.
I still stick by what I wrote originally and believe that it is from $100 to $250. The notion that some parents will pay the fine for the underage person is absolutely true, that is going to happen. The fact is, there is nothing that the city of Geneva or anyone else can do about that.
I believe this should be in addition to requiring 25 hours of community service to be done by anyone caught drinking underage. For those who do have to pay the fines themselves, this sends the message that underage drinking will not be tolerated in Geneva. The 25 hours of community service is something that will, ideally, teach those that have been caught that there are consequences to their actions, and have them think about their community and what it means to them as they complete these 25 hours.
Calling underage drinking a societal problem is a true statement, but it is not a reason to ignore a problem that is going on. Issuing a fine and requiring community service is something that other communities are already requiring. Considering recent events, it is time that the city takes this opportunity to send the message loud and clear that underage drinking will not be tolerated in the city of Geneva.