Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Awards $356,000 to Prevent Underage Drinking
Date of News Release: 05/25/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today the agency awarded $356,000 in federal grant funds for the enforcement of underage drinking laws that prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.
Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) block grant. KSP serves as the designated state administrator for EUDL grant funds and monitors each awarded project.
"Our goal is to make minors and their parents more aware of underage drinking laws and the dangerous consequences of underage drinking," said Brewer. "These federal dollars will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking."
"The key is educating both youth and parents about the dangers involved, while cracking down on people who sell, or provide alcohol to minors. "We believe that strong community involvement increases the odds of reaching these community goals. Education is essential to this effort combined with aggressive enforcement of the law," added Brewer.
The 2008 Kentucky Incentives Prevention (KIP) Survey indicates that 30 percent of tenth graders said that they have drank alcohol in the past 30 days.
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) reports that underage drinking costs Kentucky citizens 752 billion dollars each year through medical care and loss of work.
Brewer advised that the two main contributing factors to underage drinking is a youth's ability to illegally purchase alcohol and obtaining someone, over the age of 21, to purchase it for them.
"EUDL grant activities specifically target these factors and are designed to reduce underage drinking by making it harder to gain access to alcohol," remarked Brewer. "Kentucky's youth are the future of the Commonwealth and we must utilize every effort available to protect this most valuable asset."
The Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (Ky ABC) has been a EUDL grant recipient since the program inception and is a leader in the nation in alcohol enforcement operations.
Ky ABC Commissioner Tony Dehner was on hand for the presentation of funds.
"Kentucky ABC is pleased to be a recipient of funding from the EUDL grant program," said Dehner.
"The additional funding allows ABC the opportunity to employ a collaborative approach of enforcement and education. As a result, ABC has been more successful in fulfilling the agency's mission in reducing both underage drinking and the availability of alcohol to Kentucky's youth," Dehner added.
KSP is proud to announce the 2010 EUDL grant recipients and projects:
2010 EUDL Grant Recipients and Funded Projects
- Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, 'STAR (Server Training in Alcohol Regulations) Program and special event enforcement.
- MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 'Youth In Action' project
- Seven Counties Prevention, Inc, 'Reel Action' video project
- River Valley Behavioral Health, 'Multi-Campus Alcohol Prevention Program'
- Allen County Sherriff's Department, 'Allen County Alcohol Prevention Campaign'
- Morehead State University, 'Collegiate Alcohol Prevention Project'
- Clark County ASAP Board, 'Clark County Youth Initiative'
- Taylor County Fiscal Court, W.A.L.K. Project ('Without Alcohol, Life's Kickin')
KSP will accept applications for the 2011 EUDL block grant beginning December 1, 2010. The grant application package will be posted on the agencies' website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org on that date. EUDL Contact Information: Sherry Bray, State Coordinator (502) 695-6353.