As graduation day nears for the Class of 2018, B.C. Liquor Stores are reminding customers not to buy liquor for minors.
"Drinking can be harmful for minors in many ways," Michael Procopio, executive director of retail operations for the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, said in a press release. "Our goal is to remind our customers about the damage that can be done by purchasing liquor for minors, and that anyone doing so can face hefty fines."
According to the LDB, it is against the law to provide liquor to a minor. Exceptions include where liquor is given to a minor by their parent, spouse or guardian in a residence for consumption in a residence, and where wine is given to a minor as part of a religious ceremony.
"Police advise youths and their parents to plan ahead about how teens will be getting to and from celebrations, and we mean all parties – including unsanctioned events," said Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord, who is head of the traffic safety committee for the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police. "This is a time of life filled with great excitement. Please make sure your teen doesn't have to figure out that night if they're sober enough to drive, or if they should get in a car with someone who may have been drinking and/or doing drugs. We want everyone home safe at the end of the night."