State Sen. Jack Corman, who represents a portion of our region, is sponsoring an addendum to a new law to increase maximum fines for underage drinking.
The new law, scheduled to take effect tomorrow, increases fines from $300 to $500 and will double the maximum $1,000 for subsequent offenses.
Corman plans to resubmit the bill to allow municipalities to include all or part of a university or college to impose an additional $100 fee for alcohol-related offenses to help finance local prevention programs.
Those fine amounts hurt. And they should.
Underage drinking is a big problem and Corman's addendum would attack the area where it is the biggest problem college towns.
A little pain is perhaps the only way to reverse the trend.