Town of Charlestown, RI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown 8-14-1979 as Sec. 8-3 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dance halls — See Ch. 98.
Entertainments — See Ch. 108.
Noise — See Ch. 152.
Parks, beaches and recreation areas — See Ch. 158.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 162.
No person shall drink or consume on any beach or public highway or public place any beer, wine, liquor or other alcoholic beverage.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BEACH
Any sandy shore of the sea or an arm of the sea whether above mean high-water mark, at mean high-water mark or below mean high-water mark.
JUVENILE
Means any child under the age of 18 years old.
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
MINOR
Means any person under the age of 21 years old.
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
PARTY, GATHERING OR EVENT
Shall mean a group of persons who have assembled or are assembling for a social occasion or a social activity.
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
RESPONSIBLE PERSON
Shall mean the person who owns, leases or otherwise has control of the premises where the party, or social activity, gathering or event takes place. This provision shall not apply to a landlord.
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
No person under the age of 21 years shall have in his or her possession, or consume, any alcoholic beverage at any place except as permitted by Rhode Island General Laws Section 3-8-11.1(c).
[Added 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316]
It shall be unlawful for any responsible person to conduct, aid, allow or otherwise permit a party at a residence where alcohol is being served to minors, except as permitted by Rhode Island General Laws Section 3-8-11.1(c).
[Amended 6-12-1989 by Ch. 171; 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 316; 8-20-2012 by Ord. No. 352]
A. 
Fines:
(1) 
A first violation of this section shall be punishable by a $100 fine.
(2) 
A second violation of this section by the same responsible person, within a twelve-month period shall be punishable by a fine of $250.
(3) 
A third or subsequent violation of this section by the same responsible person, within a twelve-month period shall be punishable by a fine of $500.
B. 
Violators shall be prosecuted by the Chief of Police of the Town of Charlestown or his/her designee by issuance of a summons in the Municipal Court.