Irvine gives preliminary OK to underage drinking fines

The Irvine City Council on Tuesday passed the first reading of an ordinance that would allow police to fine party hosts who allow underage drinking, according to the Voice of OC, a nonprofit news agency in Orange County.

The ordinance would allow police to give fines up to $750 for first-time violators holding parties where underage drinking was taking place, according to city documents.

Hosts could receive up to $1,500 fines for a second violation within a 12-month period and up to $3,000 fines for subsequent violations.

“Generally speaking, I think the approach of using the loud party ordinance and what amounts to secondary enforcement … makes a lot of sense,” Councilman Larry Agran told the Voice of OC.

The ordinance would amend a loud party ordinance that passed in 1995. That ordinance allows officers to issue written warnings to people hosting loud or unruly parties. Second and subsequent offenses within 30 days could result in fines of up to $1,000.

The Voice of OC reported the passing of the ordinance’s first reading via Twitter.