CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is cracking down on underage drinking.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the agency said drinking parties involving minors have become such a problem that violators, including youths, will now be arrested, rather than simply cited.
A citation is a ticket that doesn't require a mug shot or being booked into jail, but requires the person receiving it to appear in court.
A statement from the Sheriff's Office said drinking parties involving teens have increased and are often held at night in dangerous outdoors areas or at lake access points.
The statement came Thursday after four adults and 17 juveniles were arrested on Signal Mountain.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com