Police To Curb Underage Drinking

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 4, 2006

Many new Sac State students are getting their first taste of independence this week.

"A lot of freshmen get away from their parents for the first time and there are so many temptations."

18-year-old nursing student Amelia Stoltz says this is the season to party and campus officials admit they see the greatest number of alcohol related problems like sexual assaults and other violence in the first six weeks of school.

But Sacramento Police Chief Albert Najera says his officers will be out in force to try to prevent underage drinking…and they know where the parties are.

"It’s not a secret everybody knows year after year the same apartment complexes have the parties we proactively go to those locations and look for people that are underage that are drinking."

Thanks to about $200,000 in grant money from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the police and sheriff’s departments will increase patrols on neighborhood streets around Sac State and set up more DUI checkpoints. They’ll also do more decoy operations at nearby stores that sell alcohol.