Murt Legislation Would Strengthen Enforcement of Underage Drinking Prohibition
HARRISBURG -- Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) will sponsor legislation to help fight underage drinking.

Murt will soon introduce a bill that would allow police to administer pre-arrest breath tests (PBT) to determine if a minor has consumed alcohol.

“This bill became necessary because of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that blocked police from using Breathalyzers to determine if a minor is under the influence,” Murt said.

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that police could not use PBTs to issue citations for underage drinking under the Crimes Code since the statutory authority to use PBTs rests within the Vehicle Code.

Murt’s bill would change the appropriate section of the law to allow a police officer to use a PBT to determine if a minor has consumed alcohol. It would furthermore allow a positive test result to be offered as evidence that a minor has consumed alcohol in violation of state law.

“We must do whatever we can to help those who misuse alcohol,” Murt said. “We cannot allow a quirk in the law hamper the enforcement of our laws prohibiting underage drinking.”

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: David Foster
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