Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Monday, March 18 @ 2:56 p.m.

CCPD, ABC Decoy Operation Results In 2 Citations For Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

From the Crescent City Police Department:

Cresent City, California - Crescent City police and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) cited two individuals during ABC's statewide Shoulder Tap operation on March 9, 2024 in Del Norte County for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

This enforcement operation is designed to create awareness about the dangers of underage drinking throughout Califonia and keep communities safe.

A Shoulder Tap operation focuses on adults who purchase alcohol for persons under the age of 21. A minor under the direct supervision of law enforcement stands outside of a liquor or convenience store and asks customers to buy them alcohol. The minor also indicates they are underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.

"Underage drinking harms our community. Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors will help to increase public safety and make our roads safer," said Chief Richard Griffin

If an adult agrees to purchase alcohol for the underage person, they can be arrested and cited for fumishing alcohol to a minor. The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.

"We conduct these operations to keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth," said ABC Director Joseph McCullough. "By preventing underage drinking we can increase the quality of life in our communities and reduce DUls."

Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a much higher risk of being involved in a crash than older drivers. About 25 percent of fatal crashes involve underage drinking according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

This operation was funded by ABC's Alcohol Policing Partnership program and the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.


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