09-08-11 Alcohol Compliance Check results in Citations at 15
Boise, Sept. 8, 2011 - Boise Police conducted the fourth alcohol compliance check of the
year last Friday night, Sept. 2nd. Officers 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 use theirreal Idaho State ID to attempt to purchase
alcohol from an establishment.
Officers checked 55 establishments
Friday night, 15, or 27% of the businesses checked did sell or
serve alcohol to the teens,often without even checking their
"Our goal is to have zero failures, to
write zero citations," said Officer Jermaine Galloway. "We'll help
train clerks, servers and managers at any Boise business who
"We do these checks frequently and are
finding an increase in the number of establishments that sell
alcohol to minors. That's concerning since, with back to school and
the warm weather where people are out, businesses should be on
their guard. We know that underage drinking is a problem that can
lead to injuries even deaths among young people," said officer
Any establishment that would like
alcohol compliance training for their employees can call Boise
Police at 208-426-4499.
In all, 16 citations were issued, two at
one establishment as two people were involved with serving the
alcoholic beverage. For one server it was her second violation
for serving to a minor (and failing a compliance check) in two
years. For three establishments it was their second violation in
The photo at right shows some of the
alcohol purchased by the teens during the check.
The establishments who had employees
sell or provide alcohol to the teens were:
Fred Meyer, 10751 Overland Road
Albertsons Express, Five Mile and Overland
Tucano's Brazilian Grill, 1388 S Entertainment
Stinker Store, Victory and Cole
Boise Cafe, 219 N. 10th
Tavern at Bown Crossing, 3111 Bown
Kopper Kitchen, Airport Way
Jackson's Shell, Vista and Cherry
Texaco, Vista and Sunrise Rim
Applebee's, 2810 W Elder **2nd offense in approx 6 months
Pho Tam Restaurant, Orchard and Irving
Big Smoke, Chinden ** 2nd Offense in 6 months
Sockeye Grill, Cole and Ustick **2nd Offense in approx 6
Chevron, Milwaukee and Emerald
Characters Bar (Inside Red Lion), 1800 Fairview
Penalties of providing alcohol to underage
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
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
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 older.
Suicide: Alcohol use interacts with
conditions like depression and stress, and contributes to an
estimated 300 teen suicides a year.
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
Other Risks: Teens who drink alcohol are
more likely than nondrinkers to smoke marijuana, use inhalants, or
carry a weapon.
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:
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