From: Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission
PRESS CONFERENCE: Tuesday March 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. LOCATION: Oklahoma ABLE Commission, 3812 N Santa Fe, #200, Oklahoma City, OK 73118
With Spring Break, Prom and Graduation Season ahead of us the ABLE Commission is going beyond licensed establishments to reduce Underage Drinking
(OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.) – Underage drinking cost the State of Oklahoma $831 million dollars in 2010. 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.
In 2009, underage customers consumed 20.4% of all alcohol sold in Oklahoma, totaling $250 million in sales (in 2010 dollars). Oklahoma youth report that the main place that they get alcohol is from home or a friend’s home.
Based on this information, the Oklahoma ABLE Commission will go beyond licensed establishments to ensure that we are doing our part to reduce underage drinking. These enforcement efforts will include fake ID enforcement, party patrols, enforcing social host laws and training more police officers on how to conduct these types of investigations.
ABLE Agents also follow up on fatal incidents which involve youth and alcohol to determine if crimes were committed regarding youth access to alcohol or social host violations. It is important to remember that in the State of Oklahoma if a social host case results in severe bodily injury or death it as a felony and anytime alcohol is furnished to a minor it is a felony.
This enforcement will begin immediately and will go through the graduation season.