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Police combat underage drinkers at house parties

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Tuesday, the decision will be up to Iowa City voters to repeal or keep the city’s 21 over ordinance in place.

The ordinance prohibits people under the age of 21 from entering most bars after 10 p.m.

Flyers have been posted in the downtown area advertising house parties.

To make sure underage drinkers, don’t get alcohol at neighborhood house parties; the Iowa City Police Department says it’s best to just tell residents of the consequences.

“The best way to prevent, to keep people safe is to educate them,” said Iowa City police officer Jorey Bailey. “So we take the opportunity to go out, if there's an address listed, and speak to those residents, those tenants in the apartments or house and let them know kind of the consequences.”

Supporters of the ordinance say there's been a decrease in underage drinking, but opponents tell us it's actually had a negative effect, increasing house parties off campus.

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