10-11-10 BPD Investigation: nearly half of businesses checked
sold alcohol to teens
Boise, Oct. 11, 2010 - Following up on
citizen tips, Boise Police cited eleven businesses for selling
alcohol to minors this past weekend. The businesses included
restaurants, grocery and convenience stores.
"This is a huge safety issue for our
young people. Alcohol is a factor in the leading causes of death
for our young people including accidents and suicides as well as an
instigating factor in youth crime," said Officer Jermaine
On Friday night, Oct. 8th:
- two minors entered 26 businesses and attempted to purchase
- the minors, both age 18, were served or sold alcohol at 11 of
the 26 businesses.
- the minors used their real Idaho drivers licenses which are
vertical in design and clearly labeled under 21.
- several of the clerks or servers checked the minors ID prior to
selling them alcohol.
- all but one of the businesses who sold the alcohol to the
minors had been through the mandatory server training required in
Boise Police conduct these
investigations, called "alcohol compliance checks" several times a
year. Officers also help conduct server training free for any
business who requests it.For more on the server training city
ordinance, see Boise City Code 05-07.
"We had been seeing a lot of improvement
in recent months. Clerks and servers were recognizing the minors ID
and refusing to sell. The failure rate this weekend was the highest
we've seen in the past couple years." said Officer Galloway. "It's
pretty disappointing, considering all but one of those who sold
alcohol to the teenagers had gone through the training and should
have known what they were doing, as well as the consequences."
"We'll continue to try and educate
servers, bartenders and store clerks," said Officer Galloway. "The
holidays are coming up and a lot of celebrations revolve around
alcohol. Our biggest priority is to make sure our young people stay
safe and healthy enough to enjoy their future."
Penalties of providing alcohol to
• 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
State Administrative Penalties for
licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors -
•1st offense within three years - 10 day license suspension or
• 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 last year
year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
"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 revealed that more than a
quarter of youth aged 12-20 (27.6 percent) drank alcohol nationwide
in the month prior to the study, 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 in 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 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 and Crime Stoppers have
partnered on a campaign to decrease underage drinking. The
partnership has proven successful for citizens who wish to easily,
and perhaps anonymously report businesses where sales of alcohol to
minors are occurring.
Boise Police and Crime Stoppers
encourage citizens who know of places who serve alcohol to minors,
or of places who may be overserving 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.