Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, June 07, 2010

Graduation Weekend Patrol "nets" more than 70 Underage Drinkers and Providers!

06-07-10 Graduation Weekend Patrol "nets" more than 70 Underage Drinkers and Providers!

Graduation Weekend Patrol "nets" more than 70 Underage Drinkers and Providers!

    Boise, June 7th, 2010 -On Saturday night BPD coordinated a multi county party/kegger patrol. The patrol was sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department and was in conjunction with local, state and federal agencies. Other participating agencies were Boise County Sheriff, Ada County Sheriff, Idaho State Police, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service, Boise City Prosecutors Office, Ada County Juvenile Probation and Civil Air Patrol.

There were two separate teams, one of which  covered the north and east  part of the impact area, and the second covering the central and south areas. There were also two civil air patrol planes that flew over the rural mountain areas looking for keggers. In all over 1,000 square miles were covered by the 21 plus officers/planes.

    "It all comes down to public safety and the safety of your young people. We want everyone to enjoy their graduation, a milestone in their lives, and we want it to be a safe, memorable experience." said Boise Police officer Jermain Galloway who helped organize the effort. 

  This weekends investigation:The kegger patrol teams located multiple keggers which were located several miles off the main roads in very rural areas. Underage drinkers from multiple area schools were contacted.  Even with the cool and rainy weather, the operation was a huge success.

The results of the patrol were:

67- Underage Drinking/ Minor in Possession
1- DUI
2-Providing Alcohol to A Minor
3-Drug Charges
3-Resisting Charges
1-Open Container of Alcohol

In our continued effort to prevent youth access to alcohol three Boise Police officers and two minors (17 and 18 yrs. old) started off the weekend with a Friday night shoulder tap operation. 

The results of that operation were:

5-Providing Alcohol to A Minor
1-DUI
1-Over Service of Alcohol
1-Minor in Consumption of Alcohol
1-Traffic Infraction.

Totals for the weekend are:
86 citations and 1 arrest

    Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth:

• A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth will face fines between $500 and $1,000 plus up to one year in jail.

    State Administrative Penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors - maximums:
•1st offense within three years - 10 day license suspension or $1,000.00 fine
• 2nd offense within three year - 30 day license suspension or 15 day suspension and $1,500.00 fine
• 3rd offense within three years - 180 day license suspension

    DANGERS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING:

    According to a study published earlier this year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:

    "Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America's youth. Alcohol contributes to the three leading causes of death among 12-20-year-olds (unintentional injury, homicide and suicide). And research shows that those who start drinking before age 15 are six times more likely to have alcohol problems as adults than those who start drinking at age 21 or older." The study reveals that more than a quarter of youth aged 12-20 (27.6 percent) drank alcohol in the past month nationwide, and approximately 8.6 percent of past-month drinkers aged 12-20 purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank.

What can citizens do to help?

    Boise Police join Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is urging parents to talk to their kids about making smart choices and highlighting the dangers of drinking alcohol while their under 21. A MADD survey has found parents have a greater influence than many parents might think over the choices their children make. Boise Police encourage parents to take advantage of a helpful web site provided by MADD: thepowerofparents.org to help identify ways parents and concerned adults can keep kids safe from the dangers of alcohol.

    Call Crime Stoppers:

    Boise Police encourage citizens who know of places who serve alcohol to minors, or of places who may be serving already intoxicated patrons to contact Crime Stoppers. Boise Police will follow up on citizen tips. You can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure

Boise Police Public Information