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