Excise police in Bloomington are working hard to control alcohol-related incidents among college students. To curb over-drinking which leads to fatal car accidents and violence around the Indiana University campus, police have been citing more and more patrons of Bloomington bars near IU. The Indiana State Excise Police reported that in 23 Bloomington bars, 432 citations were given to 225 people in 2011.
The citations range from serving minors, illegal consumption, providing a false age, and possessing a fake ID.
One Bloomington bar, Kilroy’s Sports Bar, has seen alcohol violations double in the last six months. Many believe that the sports bar’s extra attention is in direct response to an underage IU student who disappeared last June after entering the bar with a fake ID.
An excise police spokesman claims there is no correlation stating, “Our enforcement in 2011 was consistent, before and after… We continued with the enforcement that we had done previously.”
The sports bar was cited after the student’s disappearance on counts of allowing a minor to loiter and for supplying a minor with alcoholic beverages. The case is still under review by the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission. The owner of the bar has stated that they “have worked hard with excise to try to curb the use of false IDs for underage drinking.”
Underage drinking is a huge concern for Indiana excise police and Indiana University. Street Smart is a pedestrian and bike safety campaign that the University has recently expanded to tackle issues like safe sex, drinking, other personal safety concerns.
Excise police has also formed the Intensified College Enforcement (ICE) with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. ICE is dedicated to reducing underage drinking, especially with college students in Greencastle, Muncie, and Bloomington.
The hope is in curbing underage drinking, it will lead to a huge decline in all the harmful behavior associated with it like costly fines, car accidents from drunk driving, and assaults.
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Source. Indystar.com, “http://www.indystar.com/article/20120331/NEWS02/203310364/Bloomington-sees-rise-alcohol-citations,” March 31, 2012.