Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Return to school prompts alcohol sales compliance checks

01-19-11 Return to school prompts alcohol sales compliance checks

    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 following:

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 training. 
 
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 minors.

    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 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.

***http://www.thepowerofparents.org