The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office patrol division, in support of Alcohol Awareness Month, has been conducting alcohol stings to try to curb the availability of alcohol to minors. The most recent effort took place on April 16 when deputies visited 26 businesses with an undercover minor who was able to purchase alcohol at five of the businesses. Citations were issued to each of the clerks who sold alcohol to the minor.
During the 2009/2010 school year, underage drinking stings have resulted in 35 citations to clerks who sold alcohol to a minor and nine citations to citizens for providing alcohol to a minor. Also, five businesses have received notices of infraction for violations of the mandatory alcohol awareness training.
These alcohol stings are conducted in cooperation with Join Together Northern Nevada, which assists law enforcement with grant funding to fight underage drinking.
Providing alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The citation for this violation is $640.
In a 2007 youth risk behavior survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, high school students questioned claimed that during the past 30 days:
• 45 percent drank some amount of alcohol
• 26 percent binge drank
• 11 percent drove after drinking alcohol
• 29 percent rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol