Citations issued in underage drinking sting

Mar 18, 2014 7:54 PM

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is teaming up with local waw enforcement officers to go undercover to fight underage drinking.

Over 100 agencies teamed up in a major sting, resulting in more than 540 citations and arrests.

The operation is known as a decoy shoulder tap and often takes place in front of convenience stores.

"What will typically happen is the decoy will approach a business or an unknown citizen outside of a business, and request that the person assist them by providing alcohol to them," said Anderson Police Officer Casey Day.

The Anderson Police Department issued two citations, which come with a hefty punishment--usually a $1000 fine and 24 hours of community service for a first time offense.

John Murphy, who works as a certified addiction specialist, agrees that adults need to be held accountable when it comes to providing minors with alcohol.

"Teens aren't developed enough to know the consequences behind drinking and driving, or even being under the influence in public," Murphy said.

Officers say that the program is meant to send a loud and clear message that the safety of the children is a priority.

"Does it solve every resource kids may have to obtaining alcohol? Certainly not, but it's definitely something we can do to help the community to protect our children and to deter one of the easier ways to obtain alcohol," Officer Day said.


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