The Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees took steps in
December to toughen its rules concerning underage alcohol
consumption and at the same time strengthened its local
control on the issue by amending the Township’s Alcoholic
The amended ordinance now allows Township police to
consider the blood alcohol level of a minor as evidence of a
minor in possession of alcohol infraction.
"Prior to this, a minor had to physically have possession
of alcohol before we could charge them. That really only
tackles half the problem," said Bloomfield Township Police
Capt. Scott McCanham. "Also, by updating our ordinance, the
Township is now in line with state law concerning minors in
possession of alcohol."
The amended ordinance allows police to request a
preliminary chemical breath analysis if they suspect a minor
has consumed alcohol. Refusal to submit to the test is
considered an automatic civil infraction carrying a fine of
Also included in the amended ordinance is a provision
requiring police to notify the guardian or parents of minors
found to be in possession of alcohol.
A first-time violation of the ordinance can net an
offending minor both the $100 fine and an order to participate
in substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation programs and
perform community service.
A judge may impose probation on an offending minor.
Provided the conditions of the probation are met, the judge
can dismiss the case.