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Underage Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks

Press Release

Contact:        Detective Sergeant Arthur Brillon                      Telephone: 774-203-1881

Date:              Monday, June 16, 2014                                                                

Chief Kyle Heagney has announced that the Attleboro Police Department will be conducting compliance checks of liquor establishments in the near future.  This is part of a program which began in October of 2013 when the Attleboro Police Department was awarded $10,000.00 in grant funding as part of the Underage Alcohol Enforcement Grant Program.

The funding is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was awarded to Massachusetts for distribution through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS-HSD).

The Attleboro Police Department recognizes the need to monitor and educate all alcoholic beverage license holders regarding the dangers of underage drinking.  All alcoholic beverage license holders are reminded to be vigilant in verifying age with proper identification prior to selling alcoholic beverages.  Through consistent enforcement and education, alcohol retailers will understand the importance of routinely and properly verifying age of those seeking purchase of alcoholic beverages.

According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol use is a principle factor in the three leading causes of death among youth, those being, unintentional injuries (including motor vehicle crashes and drowning incidents), suicides and homicides.

Although much progress has been made, alcohol-related crashes are still too common among young people. According to NHTSA statistics, in 2010, nationwide, 30% of 15- to 20-year-olds  killed in automobile crashes had a blood alcohol content of .01 or higher; 25% had a BAC of .08 or higher.

Therefore, the Attleboro Police Department will conduct alcohol sting operations utilizing operatives less than 21 years of age. The underage operatives will attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages from license holders within the City of Attleboro. Compliance checks will include both off and on premise licensees.

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