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Teen drinkers undaunted by enforcement


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If Havre police are known for anything among Havre's young people, it's their intolerance for youths who drink.

Some call it zero tolerance, buzzwords adopted when the HELP Committee launched an effort in 1998 to publicize Montana law.

Zero tolerance "is not a policy of the Havre Police Department," Havre Police Chief Kevin Olson says, "just enforcement of Montana law."

That law, known as "constructive possession," means that if underagers are at a party and have access to alcohol, they're breaking the law even if they aren't drinking.

"It wasn't a new law," said Robin Morris, executive dir...

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