Boise Police found nearly one in five locations checked failed an Alcohol Compliance Check conducted throughout the city Saturday night.
"We will continue to do these checks to educate people on the dangers associated with underage drinking and what laws are in place to try and prevent those dangers," said Officer Jermaine Galloway, Alcohol Compliance Officer for the City of Boise Police Department.
"We have numerous training programs that are free and offered to establishments that sell and serve alcohol. If these checks help raise awareness of the laws, the free training and the dangers of teen drinking, that's a good thing," said Officer Galloway.
About the Alcohol Compliance Check: Boise Police conduct these checks throughout the city frequently as part of an ongoing campaign aimed at preventing underage drinking and associated deaths or injuries. Saturday, January 25, several pair of teens worked with officers and used their real Idaho State driver's licenses to attempt to purchase alcohol. Many of the establishments checked are the result of citizen tips and complaints about underage sales or over-service of alcohol.
- 87 locations checked including nightclubs, restaurants, retail stores and event centers.
- Citations issued at 16 locations - or 18.4 percent of establishments checked. Locations included the 15 listed below and individuals attending an event at the Powerhouse Event Center, South 17th Street in Boise.
- Serving alcohol to a minor.
- Failure to have required server training.
- 16 year old was selling and serving alcohol (19 is the minimum age per ISC 23-1013). No one of legal serving age was on the premises.
- Multiple servers didn't check the minor's ID or did check and served alcohol anyway.
- At an event at a special events center, a minor presented officers with a fake California Driver's License. The minor had also been consuming alcohol and was cited for various charges.
- Four minors were located during the check who each received citations for underage drinking (ISC 23-949).
The 15 locations who received citations were:
- Maverick-27th & Main
- Stinker Store-Boise & Apple
- Jerry’s 27th Street Market-819 N. 27th
- Albertsons-Glenwood & State
- Albertsons-Vista & Overland
- Pizzalchik-7330 W. State
- Jacksons Store-Ellens Ferry & State
- Jacksons Shell-3200 S. Vista
- Bodovino Wine Shop-8th & Broad
- Walgreens-Federal Way & Findley
- Flatbread Pizza-3139 S. Bown Way
- Qdoba-590 S. Broadway
- Liquid Bar-8th & Broad
- Red Feather Lounge-246 N 8th Street
- Gone Rogue Bar-409 S. 8th Street
Penalties of providing alcohol to underage youth (ISC 23- 603):
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
FREE Server Training:
The Boise Police department provides FREE training to employees of 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.
Boise City Code: Section 5-07-03 SERVER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
A. Unless already certified, a Server of Alcohol as defined in this Chapter must complete an Approved Server Training program by July 1, 2009, or within sixty (60) days of the date the alcohol server begins employment at a licensed
establishment and must maintain that certification throughout his or her employment as a Server of Alcohol.
A. Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, can be fined in an amount not exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars or be imprisoned for a period not
exceeding six (6) months or be both so fined and imprisoned.
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.
Resources for Parents:
Dangers of Underage Drinking:
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: Underage drinking poses a range of risks and negative consequences. It is dangerous because it:
Causes many deaths
Every year in the United States, about 5,000 young people under age 21 die as a result of underage drinking.5 This includes:
- 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes
- 1,600 from homicides
- 1,200 from alcohol poisoning, falls, burns, and drowning
- 300 from suicides
Causes many injuries
In 2008 alone, about 190,000 people under age 21 visited an emergency room for alcohol-related injuries.
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.