Midland Police Issue Warning to Teen DWI Violators

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - When it comes to alcohol, 21 means 21, but some teens don't abide by that law especially during this time of year.

"Summer time is a time where young people get into a lot of trouble," Charles Hodges with Stop DWI, Inc, said.

Hodges says since school has been out he's seen more underage drinkers hitting the road, and risking their lives.

"People have a lot of leisure time. There's a lot of free time, summer time means BBQ cook out and a lot of the time alcohol is involved and supervision is not there as it should be," Hodges said.

To stop underage drinkers and DWIs, Judge David Cobos says law enforcement is using sting operations to crack down on stores selling booze to minors.

"The law is 21. The Sheriff's Department, Police Department contribute to those stings to send a kid to buy alcohol," Judge Cobos, said.

"Usually between 17 stores you look at, there's going to be at least 5 that are not in compliance," Hodges said.

Hodges says it's up to the store clerk to watch who's buying.

"People are rushing to make a sale, but please just take the time to check IDs," Hodges said.