Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 22, 2010

Officers hope Education & Enforcement will Keep Teens Safe this Holiday; Alcohol Compliance Checks

11-22-10 Officers hope Education & Enforcement will Keep Teens Safe this Holiday; Alcohol Compliance Checks

    Boise, Nov. 22, 2010 - Boise Police did a second alcohol compliance check in as many months this past weekend and found several businesses  selling alcohol to minors. The check was an effort to continue educating the community as to the dangers of underage drinking and the potential consequences of violating laws meant to protect Idaho teens.

    Teen Safety at Risk:"When we look at the causes of death or injury among teens and young adults, alcohol is often a common factor," said Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped organize the enforcement effort. Officer Galloway also helps conduct free server training for any business who requests it.

   Holiday Checks: "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." said Officer Galloway. "We may do more alcohol compliance checks throughout the the holidays. These checks aren't new. Neither is our priority of keeping our young people safe from the risks that come with underage alcohol use." said Officer Galloway.

    On Saturday night, Nov. 20th:

  • two minors entered 45 different bars, restaurants and convenience stores and attempted to purchase alcohol. 
  • the minors, a 16 year old female and an 18 year old male, were served or sold alcohol at 8 of the 45 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. Others did not check ID at all. 
  • one businesses was also found with servers who had not completed the mandatory server training required in Boise City. See Boise City Code 05-07.

    Better results than the last check: Boise Police conduct these investigations, called alcohol compliance checks several times a year. The last time Boise Police conducted a compliance check, Oct. 9,2010, 42% of businesses failed, or sold alcohol to the minors. The failure rate this past weekend was approx. 18%.

    "We hope one day to do a check and find no violations, but we aren't there yet. We still find servers or clerks willing to risk it, not only a citation but potentially their jobs, and sell alcohol to minors."" said Officer Galloway. "We'll continue to try and educate servers, bartenders and store clerks. But for those that choose to ignore their training, there is the threat of enforcement." 

    Good results in Meridian!In cooperation with Meridian Police, Boise Police are happy to report results from a compliance check done by officers for the City of Meridian Friday night, Nov. 19th. Meridian Police officers worked with two females both under the age of 21 in a compliance check. The young women entered 12 establishments and attempted to purchase alcohol.Noneof the Meridian businesses sold alcohol to the minors. 

   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.

   DANGERS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING:

    According to a study published last year 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 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.

 

  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