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Release Number: 12-092
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- March 9, 2012
- Contact Person:
- Larry McKinnon : firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation “Spring On Board”
Deputies will be checking retail alcohol vendors to ensure alcohol products are not being sold to underage individuals.
- March 8, 2012
- Time: 3:00 PM
Operation "Spring On Board":
Beginning Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office and the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will be checking retail alcohol vendors to ensure alcohol products are not being sold to underage individuals. Our goals will be to bring public awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and ensure commercial alcoholic vendors "Spring on Board'' with our mutual mission to have a safe 2012 Spring Break!!
With the this year's Spring Break just days away, deputies will fan out throughout Hillsborough County with undercover 18-19 year old administrative aides and attempt to purchase alcohol beverages.
According to the Tampa Alcohol Coalition (www.tampatac.org) alcohol is the most abused drug among adolescents and adults. It is a central nervous system depressant. Drinking alcohol can lead to health problems and safety concerns. Underage drinking and other high-risk drinking are associated with vehicle crashes, violence, drowning, sexual assault, and more. 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die every year because of underage drinking.
The consequences of excessive and underage drinking affect virtually all college campuses, college communities, and college students, whether they choose to drink or not. 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.