Underage Drinking Bust on College Campuses
SACRAMENTO - The California Alcoholic Beverage Control and local law enforcement agencies issued more than 230 citations in 20 separate underage drinking enforcement operations on or near California college campuses in April, May and June.
ABC and local police utilized funds from a $356,400 grant awarded to ABC by the United States Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. The focus of the grant program is to combat alcohol-related problems on or near college campuses throughout California.
The award was made through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws program, which supports activities in law enforcement, public education programs, and innovative methods for reaching youth. This grant authorizes enforcement of underage drinking laws during college events such as pledge week, graduation, sporting events, fraternity/sorority parties, and any other college related functions.
ABC conducted 20 operations on or near college campuses between April 1 and June 30, 2011. During these operations, officers issued 232 citations for various underage drinking violations including open containers, minors in possession, drunk in public, sales to a minor, false identification, illegal drug possession and furnishing alcohol to minors.
The grant supports a wide range of activities including compliance checks of retail alcohol outlets to reduce sales to minors, crackdowns on false identification, programs to reduce older youth or adults from providing alcohol to minors, "party patrols" to prevent access to alcohol at large youth gatherings, and "cops in shops" to deter minors' attempts to purchase alcohol.
The EUDL grant program activities will run through, May, 2012.