Troy police put extra patrols on hotels

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 11, 2016

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Troy Police Sgt. Meghan Lehman said that for the past 15 years, the Troy Police Department has partnered with local hotels to promote a safer prom and graduation season through the Hotel Alcohol Awareness Project.

Lehman said police work to engage hotel staff in an effort to prevent after-event parties involving underage alcohol use.

Officers are calling on every hotel in Troy and are speaking with staff about underage drinking awareness. As part of the project, hotel staff are provided with copies of city ordinances related to possession and consumption of alcohol by minors.

“We know that during prom and graduation season, traffic fatalities spike and incidents involving underage drinking spike,” Lehman said.

She said that every year during graduation time, police are called to an incident at a home where a parent allows underage drinking.

Troy city ordinance states that “no person shall furnish or provide any location for another person with reason to know that the location may be used to commit an illegal act.” The penalty for violating this ordinance is a $500 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail.

The Troy Police Department also reminds parents and other adults that renting hotel rooms for minors who consume alcohol there can result in criminal charges for furnishing a location for an illegal purpose.