08-25-11 Back to School Prompts Alcohol Compliance Check
Boise, August 25, 2011 - Boise Police
conducted an alcohol compliance check over the weekend, during the
evening of Saturday, August 20th. Officers found 14 local
businesses, or 20% of those stores, bars and restaurants checked
"failed" the check by selling or serving alcohol to teenagers.
"We know that underage drinking is an
ongoing safety problem connected to the four leading causes of
death and injury for young people, homicide, suicide, auto crashes
and other accidents," said Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped
organize the compliance checks.
"As students head back to school, our
goal is to educate our community that it's not okay for kids to
drink alcohol. It affects their physical safety and mental well
being. We owe our young people a chance for a bright future and
encouraging alcohol use isn't the way to do it." said Officer
What are Alcohol Sales Compliance
Checks?Boise Police conduct these checks throughout the city
frequently as part of an ongoing education and enforcement campaign
aimed at the prevention of underage drinking and associated deaths
or injuries. Teens aged 18 and 19 work with officers and will use
their real Idaho State ID to attempt to purchase alcohol.
Examples found during the compliance
One server who checked the teens ID said that she just looked at
the picture and didn't even look at the date of birth.
One server had not received server training and had been working
for the establishment for almost a year. In Boise City, server
training has been mandatory for those who sell or serve alcohol
since July 2009. Failing to take and show proof of alcohol server
training is a misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $1,000 or six
months in jail.
Other clerks didn't check ID at all and sold alcohol to the 18 or
19 year old male.
At two restaurants, one server checked ID's but a second server
delivered the alcohol.
The citations given to servers and reports
forwarded to ISP for administrative follow up are public record.
Several of the businesses included in the check have been reported
by citizens as suspected of serving alcohol to minors.
The establishments who had employees
sell or provide alcohol to the teens were:
Albertsons, 250 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
Extreme Pizza, 590 Broadway Ave.
Cafe Vicino, 808 W. Fort Street
Dong Khanh Restaurant, 111 Broadway Ave.
Pizza Hut, 818 Ann Morrison Dr.
Jacksons Foods, 791 N. Garden St.
Woody's Pub & Grill, 650 Vista Ave.
Idaho State Liquor Store, 2273 S. Vista Ave at Cherry Ln.
Andrade's Mexican Restaurant, 4903 West Overland Road
Chevron, 5804 W. Franklin Rd. at Curtis
Bangkok Restaurant, 477 N. Milwaukee St.
IOU Sushi, 1517 N. Milwaukee St.
China Grand Buffett 10498 W. Fairview Ave.
Timeout Sports Pub, 7751 W Spectrum St.
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 jail.
Maximum Penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to
1st offense within three years - 10 day
license suspension or $1,000.00 fine
2nd offense within three years - 30 day
license suspension or 15 day suspension and $1,500.00 fine.
3rd offense within three years - 180 day
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
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.
DANGERS OF TEEN DRINKING from www
Teens don't just drink. They drink to excess.
More than 8 percent of eighth graders, 16 percent of sophomores,
and 24 percent of seniors report recent binge drinking (5+ drinks
on the same occasion).
Statistics show that the majority of current teen drinkers got
drunk in the previous month. That includes 50 percent of the high
school sophomores who drink and 65 percent of the high school
seniors who drink.
Underage drinking is linked to injury and risky behavior.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 5,000 kids under 21
die every year as a result of underage drinking - from crashes,
homicides, and suicides. Teens that drink also are at risk for a
long list of other injuries and potential life-long alcohol abuse.
Reducing underage drinking can reduce drinking-related harm.
Brain Development and Alcohol Abuse: Research indicates that the
human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20s, and
that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have
long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase
the likelihood of alcohol addiction.
The age when drinking starts affects future drinking problems. For
each year that the start of drinking is delayed, the risk of later
alcohol dependence is reduced by 14 percent.
Drinking & Driving: Car crashes are the leading cause of
death among people ages 15 to 20. About 1,900 people under 21 die
every year from car crashes involving underage drinking. Young
people are more susceptible to alcohol-induced impairment of their
driving skills. Drinking drivers aged 16 to 20 are twice as likely
to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or
Suicide: Alcohol use interacts with conditions like depression
and stress, and contributes to an estimated 300 teen suicides a
High school students who drink are twice as likely to have
seriously considered attempting suicide, as compared to
nondrinkers. High school students who binge drink are four times as
likely to have attempted suicide, as compared to nondrinkers.
Sexual Behavior: Current teen drinkers are more than twice as
likely to have had sexual intercourse within the past three months
than teens who don't drink. Higher drinking levels increase the
likelihood of sexual activity. Adolescents who drink are more
likely to engage in risky sexual activities, like having sex with
someone they don't know or failing to use birth control.
Other Risks: Teens who drink alcohol are more likely than
nondrinkers to smoke marijuana, use inhalants, or carry a
Binge drinking substantially increases the likelihood of these
Academic Performance: A government study published in 2007 shows
a relationship between binge drinking and grades. Approximately
two-thirds of students with "mostly A's" are non-drinkers, while
nearly half of the students with "mostly D's and F's" report binge
drinking. It is not clear, however, whether academic failure leads
to drinking, or vice versa.
Let's work together and keep our kids
safe! Online Resources:
Further Background:Recent Boise PD
related news releases on the ongoing education and enforcement
regarding underage drinking:
Law Enforcement agencies work together to curb Underage
Drinking, June 20, 2011
Boise Police and Drug Free Idaho Partner to Keep Youth Safe from
the Dangers of Underage Drinking, May 10, 2011
Return to school prompts alcohol sales compliance checks, Jan
BPD Investigation: nearly half of businesses checked sold
alcohol to teens, Oct. 10, 2010