11-28-11 Alcohol Compliance Check - best results so far this
Boise, Nov. 28, 2011 - Boise Police
conducted an alcohol compliance check this weekend as part of an
ongoing effort to educate local businesses and citizens on the
dangers of underage drinking. The check Saturday night yielded the
most positive results yet; of 59 businesses checked, 4 failed by
selling alcohol to minors.
"These checks enforce Idaho laws
meant to protect teens from dangerous behavior, including accidents
and crashes often brought on by alcohol. Our hope is the checks
also serve as an education that police are paying attention, and
ignoring laws meant to protect young people will cost you," said
Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped organize the compliance
"Study after study, as well as
reoccurring headlines show that underage drinking is linked to
injury and risky behavior for teens and young adults. Keeping kids
away from alcohol and educating adults about responsible alcohol
use is what we can do to help Idaho kids grow up in a healthy and
safe environment." said Officer Galloway.
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
to police or Crime Stoppers by citizens as suspected of serving or
selling alcohol to minors.
The establishments who had employees
sell or provide alcohol to the teens were:
The Tobacco Connection, 725 S.Vista Ave
City Buffett, 8049 W. Fairview Ave.
Gas 4 Less, 201 W. Boise Ave.
Tesoro Convenience Store, N. 16th & W. State St.
In the last two alcohol compliance
checks conducted by Boise Police, in late August and late
September, approximately 20% of businesses failed and served or
sold alcohol to minors. This weekend's results show a 7% failure
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.
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
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.
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
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
& 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 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.
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.
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
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: