Boise Police continue education and enforcement efforts meant to prevent accidents and injuries connected to underage drinking.
The department has partnered with Drug Free Idaho and the Center for Alcohol Policy on several educational programs and resources for parents. Focused enforcement efforts amplify the education messages and often follow citizen complaints of "party houses". An enforcement effort this past weekend found several parties involving underage drinking.
Neighbor complaints: Early Saturday evening, officers responded to a North Boise location and found a group of high school students who had been drinking Vodka concealed in water bottles. Five of the seven teens had extremely high blood alcohol levels of .20 or higher, with the highest being a .215.
Officers located several other parties Saturday night, again responding to neighbor complaints of noise, suspicious activity and public urination. One large party involving college age students was near Belmont Street and South Leadville Avenue. On the porch of the home, officers found broken glass and fresh blood (no one was found with a serious injury). On streets near the party, officers found several groups of people, some under age 21 openly carrying cups and bottles of alcohol around the neighborhood. Again, many of the young drinkers were found to have excessively high blood alcohol content of .15 or higher.
"Several of the students told me they were trying to be responsible by not driving but didn't view their binge style drinking that left them stumbling in the road or the public urination we witnessed as irresponsible." said Sgt. Farmer. "It takes a community to let our young people know that irresponsible drinking is just not worth the consequences it can cause." said Sgt. Cole Farmer.
The Dangers: "We know teens often dont just drink, they often drink to excess, and get hurt and sometimes get killed while they're intoxicated." said Sgt. Farmer.
The three leading causes of death for 15 to 24-year-olds are automobile crashes, homicides and suicides, and alcohol is a leading factor in all three, according to studies.
Studies also show teens who start drinking young are much more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after the legal age of 21.
"These education and enforcement efforts are meant to help parents and other adults know how best to talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol abuse, and to make sure our young people go on to live the healthy, bright futures they deserve." said Sgt. Farmer.
- Minor In Possession of Alcohol - 39
- Open Container - 6
- Public urination - 3
- Disorderly House - 1
- Resisting and obstructing officers - 1
Related Arrests: - 2
Continuing Effort: With partners like Drug Free Idaho, Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control and Mothers Against Drubk Driving, Boise Police will continue enforcement patrols as well as education programs for parents and other adults to try and eliminate underage drinking and keep kids safe.
To learn more:
Parent Took Kit - Drug Free Idaho
Power of Parents - MADD