Last weekend, Saturday March 24th, 2012, Boise
Police conducted alcohol enforcement and compliance checks across
18 citations were issued for various violations. Four
minors 17-18 years of age conducted the compliance checks on 14
Boise businesses. Five of the businesses sold alchohol to minors.
The minors, working with police, also conducted a shoulder tap
where 3 different individuals purchased alcohol and provided it to
Overall 8 subjects were cited for providing alcohol to a
minor. Out of those 8 violations, 5 of them were businesses
and those will be forwarded to ABC.
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 and 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!