BPD cites businesses and individuals for providing alcohol to minors

Boise police are continuing to stress enforcement of underage drinking laws, according to a BPD news release Friday.

Since January, the department reports, officers have issued 43 citations to businesses after a compliance check found an employee served alcohol to minors. Police also issued 14 citations to adults found purchasing alcohol for minors and 18 underage drinking citations to minors consuming alcohol at special events.

“We know that alcohol and teens isn't a good mix,” BPD Alcohol Compliance Officer Jermaine Galloway said in the news release. “Statistics show that underage drinking leads to traffic accidents, injuries, and even deaths. ... It’s a serious concern that we want to remind folks about as young adults and college-age students come back from summer break."

A person who sells or furnishes alcohol to an underage youth faces a possible fine of $500 to $1,000 plus up to a year in jail. Maximum penalties for licensed businesses that sell alcohol to minors range from a 10 day license suspension or $1,000 fine for a first offense to a 180 day license suspension for a third offense within three years.