Group works to keep people 21 and younger out of bar

A Lafayette community coalition focusing on substance abuse is laying the groundwork for a push to change local law to keep anyone under the age of 21 out of bars.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1ISMmV3) the Knowledge Effect coalition on Thursday discussed its findings on links between drinking and crime.

The group says 18, 19 and 20 year olds are responsible for 27 percent of all offenses reported in and around Lafayette bars from January 2011 to May 2014.

Rachel Godeaux, project coordinator for the coalition, says they also found that drivers under the age of 21 accounted for an average of 13 percent of annual DWI arrests from 2006 to 2013.

There is no current proposal to change local law on the issue.

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