Boise, January 19th, 2011 -Boise Police
conducted "compliance checks" last weekend with mixed results at
establishments that had either never been checked, or have not been
checked in several years. The Downtown and East Boise bench areas
were the focus of this particular compliance check as students
return to school from the holiday break. The effort included
restaurants convenience stores and bars in the area. There were two
Boise Police teams including 18 and 19 year old minors.
"Keeping our young people safe is a job
for the entire community, often the first line of defense in this
effort are the employees who serve and sell alcohol on a daily
basis and we need those people to help prevent tragedy." says
officer Jermaine Galloway.
The investigation revealed the
36 total establishments were checked and 11 people were cited
for alcohol related charges.
8 of the establishments checked sold alcohol to minors, 1
establishment allowed both minors to loiter in their bar, and 2
servers were cited for not having proof of server
Some of those who served minors were server trained. 4
out of the 8 who served to minors checked their ID (which showed
they were under 21 years old) and still served alcohol to the
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 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
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
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,