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Law Enforcement

High visibility enforcement practices are crucial to community efforts for reducing underage and youth binge drinking, which is a key to reducing and preventing crime. Limiting youth access to alcohol is a key to preventing juvenile delinquency. When the full force of the law gets behind public safety issues, population level change occurs.

Making the Case: Enforcement

Why partner to reduce underage and youth binge drinking?

  • Reducing underage and youth binge drinking is a key to reducing and preventing crime.[National District Attorney’s Association & U.S. Department of Justice]
  • Limiting youth access to alcohol is a key to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Fifty percent of criminal cases (assault, traffic, theft, fraud, sex crime, etc.) in the juvenile justice system involve alcohol. [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice]
  • When the full force of the justice system gets behind the resolution of public safety issues, population level change occurs. Over the past 30 years there has been a forty-four percent reduction in drunk driving fatalities, due in part to; high visibility enforcement, laws and court practices. [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] Cobb County students binge drink at a friend’s house on the weekend more than other students in the state. [Georgia Student Health Survey]

Read the full Case Statement for Law Enforcement.

Underage Drinking in Georgia
The Facts

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

Learn more about the cost of Underage Drinking in Georgia.

Why should law enforcement care about this problem?
  • Reducing underage and youth binge drinking is a key to reducing and preventing crime.[National District Attorney’s Association & U.S. Department of Justice]
  • The community at-large has expressed concern and supports increased (and consistent and fair) enforcement of all cases involving youth and alcohol.
How can law enforcement help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • Conduct high visibility enforcement operations (compliance checksshoulder tapsparty dispersals, or other).
  • Develop a system to monitor alcohol-related problems associated with community events & specific establishments.
  • Ask underage youth who are caught drinking to disclose the source of their alcohol & implement source investigation protocols.
  • Consistently enforce laws against adult providers & social hosts, as well as minors in possession.
  • Police the cyber world for underage drinking intelligence.
  • Establish agency & inter-agency policies & practices to support a community-wide ‘zero adult providers’ approach, across the justice system; enforcement, courts, probation, prison.
Where can I get information or training on underage drinking enforcement best practices i.e. compliance checks, party patrols, sobriety checks, shoulder taps, source investigations?
  • Contact the Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center at www.udetc.org – they have great publications and offer on-line and on-site training.
  • Or contact Cobb Alcohol Taskforce at 404.791.7406 to help facilitate and coordinate technical assistance and/or training needs.
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Law Enforcement CAN

  • Conduct high visibility enforcement operations (compliance checksshoulder tapsparty dispersals or other)
  • Develop a system to monitor alcohol-related problems associated with community events & specific establishments
  • Ask underage youth who are caught drinking to disclose the source of their alcohol & implement source investigation protocols
  • Consistently enforce laws against adult providers & social hosts, as well as minors in possession
  • Police the cyber world for underage drinking intelligence
  • Establish agency & inter-agency policies & practices to support a community-wide zero adult providers’ approach (across the justice system; enforcement, courts, probation, prison)
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

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