Suppliers of underage drinkers could lose right to drive

Published June 14, 2006

TALLAHASSEE - People who supply alcohol to underage drinkers could lose their driving privileges under a bill Gov. Jeb Bush signed into law Tuesday.

The measure will let judges order the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to revoke or suspend violators' licenses for three to six months for a first offense and up to a year for subsequent violations, effective Oct. 1.

That would be in addition to existing criminal penalties. It already is a misdemeanor to permit underage drinking or sell, give or serve alcohol to a person under 21, punishable by a fine and/or jail.

Another bill among 19 that Bush signed expands the definition of a sexual offender or predator to include anyone convicted of buying or selling a minor into sex trafficking or prostitution, effective July 1.

The law also requires those so designated to register only at the sheriff's office in their county, eliminating the option of registering with the state.