Over the last week the Boise Police Department has coordinated the beginning of summer alcohol enforcement projects in the valley. This weekend, Boise Police and Idaho State Police ABC partnered up for an adult provider / shoulder tap operation. With the very warm weather it was clear that the alcohol was flowing out of the various off premise retail establishments.
ISP alcohol beverage control provided four total male and female minors ages 17-18 who were broken up into two teams. Each team worked several different areas thought the city of Boise. Minors made contact with several individuals. There were some very positive outcomes and some people who were not able to make the correct decision not to provide alcohol to minors.
In the last week 22 citations were issued with the following charges:
12-providing alcohol to minors citations
7- underage drinking/possession of alcohol violations
1-open container of alcohol
1-driving while suspended
We had subject who refused to buy, saying they had already been caught doing it.
In one instance we had a group of 16-17 year old local high school students who were meeting a 21 year old friend in a grocery store parking lot. The adult arrived and purchased beer with money provided by the minors. As he was walking out he told our minors that he had just purchased alcohol for some other minors. The Local high school kids then got into the adult's car and they all did the beer exchange. The minors then exited the adult's vehicle and got back into their original car to leave. All parties were caught and cited for minor in possession and providing alcohol to a minor.
Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth:
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 minors;
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 license suspension
The Boise Police department provides FREE training to businesses on Idaho alcohol laws, recognizing fake ID's and how to prevent over-service. For information, call the Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Officer at 426-4499.
New Facebook Page for BPD's Alcohol Compliance Office:
To help keep citizens, business owners and employees up to date on alcohol compliance training, education and enforcement efforts, the Boise Police Alcohol Compliance Office has a new Facebook page. Give it a 'like"!
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 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 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.dontserveteens.gov.
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).
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 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 control.
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 activities.
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: