Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, March 21, 2011

Alcohol compliance checks serve as a reminder just before spring break!

03-21-11 Alcohol compliance checks serve as a reminder just before spring break!

    On Friday and Saturday night, Boise Police conducted retail compliance and adult provider operations.  In all, 17 adults were charged for providing alcohol to minors under the age of 21 years old. 

    "Conducting these checks at this time, serves as a reminder to providers and citizens just before spring break. We want to be sure that young people are protected and that adults are not contributing to the problem of underage drinking." Says officer Jermaine Galloway who supervised the weekend investigations.

    The Investigation revealed that one of the minors was only 17 years old.  Officers moved to several different locations throughout the city of Boise to conduct the investigations.  Most of the charges were issued downtown and in the central part of the Boise bench.  Approximately 20 % of the adults asked, purchased alcohol for the minors.  Retail checks resulted in  8 out of 47 businesses selling alcohol to minors. 2 businesses were cited for server graining violations.

    There were some notable disappointing behaviours exhibited by adults. 

-In one case a retail clerk hit the override button on the register, never asked the minor for ID, then said "shh" don't tell anyone".  

-In another case the bar tender just asked if the minors had ID, when they said yes, she didn't request to see it, and said that is fine!

-During another contact, a male subject was met outside of the store and requested to purchase alcohol.  He refused stating that he was too young.  After exiting the store he handed a false ID card to one of the minors and stated that the minor could keep it ( to purchase alcohol) and that it has worked well for him.

-Other charges ranged from drugs to warrants totaling 24 overall charges for the weekend.

    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:

    "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."

    A recent 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.

    Let's work together and keep our kids safe this spring break - and always!

**http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1003250241.aspx
***http://www.thepowerofparents.org