Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to School Prompts Alcohol Compliance Check

08-25-11 Back to School Prompts Alcohol Compliance Check

    Boise, August 25, 2011 - Boise Police conducted an alcohol compliance check over the weekend, during the evening of Saturday, August 20th. Officers found 14 local businesses, or 20% of those stores, bars and restaurants checked "failed" the check by selling or serving alcohol to teenagers.

    "We know that underage drinking is an ongoing safety problem connected to the four leading causes of death and injury for young people, homicide, suicide, auto crashes and other accidents," said Officer Jermaine Galloway who helped organize the compliance checks.

    "As students head back to school, our goal is to educate our community that it's not okay for kids to drink alcohol. It affects their physical safety and mental well being. We owe our young people a chance for a bright future and encouraging alcohol use isn't the way to do it." said Officer Galloway.

    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.

    Examples found during the compliance check:

 One server who checked the teens ID said that she just looked at the picture and didn't even look at the date of birth.
 One server had not received server training and had been working for the establishment for almost a year. In Boise City, server training has been mandatory for those who sell or serve alcohol since July 2009. Failing to take and show proof of alcohol server training is a misdemeanor that carries a fine up to $1,000 or six months in jail.
 Other clerks didn't check ID at all and sold alcohol to the 18 or 19 year old male.
 At two restaurants, one server checked ID's but a second server delivered the alcohol.

    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 by citizens as suspected of serving alcohol to minors.

    The establishments who had employees sell or provide alcohol to the teens were:

Albertsons, 250 E. Parkcenter Blvd.

Extreme Pizza, 590 Broadway Ave.

Cafe Vicino, 808 W. Fort Street

Dong Khanh Restaurant, 111 Broadway Ave.

Pizza Hut, 818 Ann Morrison Dr.

Jacksons Foods, 791 N. Garden St.

Woody's Pub & Grill, 650 Vista Ave.  

Idaho State Liquor Store, 2273 S. Vista Ave at Cherry Ln.

Andrade's Mexican Restaurant, 4903 West Overland Road

Chevron, 5804 W. Franklin Rd. at Curtis

Bangkok Restaurant, 477 N. Milwaukee St.

IOU Sushi, 1517 N. Milwaukee St.

China Grand Buffett 10498 W. Fairview Ave.

Timeout Sports Pub, 7751 W Spectrum St.

    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

    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: 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, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.


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).

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.

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:

    Further Background:Recent Boise PD related news releases on the ongoing education and enforcement regarding underage drinking:

Law Enforcement agencies work together to curb Underage Drinking, June 20, 2011

Boise Police and Drug Free Idaho Partner to Keep Youth Safe from the Dangers of Underage Drinking, May 10, 2011

Return to school prompts alcohol sales compliance checks, Jan 19, 2011

BPD Investigation: nearly half of businesses checked sold alcohol to teens, Oct. 10, 2010