Payne Co. targets underage drinking at private parties, bars

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STILLWATER, Okla.-While Stillwater is a popular college town, authorities say that title also comes with the problem of underage drinking.

This weekend, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies are teaming up to crack down on illegal drinking in the area.

Officers will be conducting bar checks, party patrols, social host law enforcement checks and strict DUI enforcement.

Experts stress there will be zero tolerance this weekend.

ABLE agents will also follow-up on fatal accidents that involve teens and alcohol to determine if any crime was committed regarding the driver’s access to alcohol.

In Payne County, 41 percent of all fatal accidents are alcohol related, which is much higher than the state average.

Authorities at Oklahoma State University say any student who is arrested for an alcohol or drug-related offense is subject to on-campus discipline.