Sunday, January 13, 2013

California ABC's "Minor Decoy" operations helps limit alcohol abuse and opportunities for minors to get alcohol. San Diego DUI Operations will continue for the next six months in 2013, say attorneys



California ABC's "Minor Decoy" operations helps limit alcohol abuse and opportunities for minors to get alcohol. San Diego DUI Operations will continue for the next six months in 2013, attorneys are told.

This weekend it was announced that San Diego Sheriff‘s DUI Department is partnering with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to try to assist to combat underage drinking and other crimes at these ABC-licensed establishments, say lawyers.

DUI and other Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from California Alcoholic Beverage Control and 3 minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" Operation at various locations in the north county. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments.

The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Out of 15 locations checked, five establishments provided alcohol to the decoys, resulting in 6 employees receiving citations.

In July 2012, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department received an ABC grant of $100,000. The money will be spent in the communities patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department to help fight alcohol-related crimes and educate ABC-licensed businesses. The goal of the ABC Grant Assistance Program is to partner with local law enforcement agencies to help make communities safer. The cooperative efforts of the Sheriff’s Department and ABC are aimed at building positive working relationships between all stakeholders and increasing safety in San Diego County.