Alcoholic beverages; penalty for providing to an underaged person. (HB127)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Providing alcohol to underaged drinker; penalty. Provides that if a person is found guilty of providing alcohol to an underaged person and the underaged person to whom he provided or assisted in giving alcohol was his child or in his home or under his supervision at the time of the offense, the person shall have his license to operate a motor vehicle suspended for a period of one year. The current penalty for any offender includes license suspension for no more than one year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/20/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088340692
12/20/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/01/2008Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
02/12/2008Left in General Laws


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Give your teenager a glass of wine with Christmas dinner, lose your license?

Alison Hymes writes:

Better yet, take your 17 year old to church and let them take communion wine and lose your license to drive for a year? Freedom of religion anyone?

Lonnie Murray writes:

This is exactly what I said would happen after the overly large sentence passed against the parents in Charlottesville who threw that party. Once you wander down the puritanical road of legistlating morality there is no end to it. Ironically the result is that kids grow up not knowing how to responsibly use alchohol, get to college and really get themselves into trouble.

In fact, what I'd like to see is the complete reverse of this law. I'd like to see a law that allows parents to give moderate amounts of alcohol to their kids,to be used under supervision of an adult, and possibly to include other people's kids with written permission. If we are serious about combating the number of deaths of kids from alchohol then we need the legal equivalent of a "learner's permit" for alchohol.

cindy whitelock writes:

This bill needs to be trashed. Wine with dinner,loose your license? Sign them up to go to Iraq, that is ok?
This law is ridiculous.