KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Awards $350,000 in Grant Funding to Enforce Underage Drinking Laws
Date of News Release: 04/28/09
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today the agency awarded $350,000 in federal grant funds to enforce 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 as well as enforcement of the law," added Brewer.
The 2006 Kentucky Incentives Prevention (KIP) Survey indicates that 30 percent of tenth graders and 39 percent of twelfth graders reported alcohol use in the past 30 days. Even more alarming, 25 percent of twelfth graders reported 'binge-drinking' in the previous two weeks.
The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) reports that underage drinking costs the United States $2.1 billion 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 is the main enforcement component in Kentucky's Underage Drinking Enforcement Program. Over the past two years, Kentucky ABC has conducted 5,767 compliance checks resulting in 479 underage alcohol purchases. During 2008, the division conducted 80 Targeted Enforcement Details (festivals, sporting events, campus keg parties, etc.) resulting in 834 citations. Of those citations, 540 were for possession of alcohol by a minor, which is the focus of the detail.
KSP is proud to announce the 2009 EUDL grant recipients and projects:
- Kentucky Department of Alcohol Beverage Control , 'Operation Zero Tolerance' program
- MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 'Youth In Action' project
- Bluegrass Regional Prevention Center, 'Keep It Real' program
- Lexington Police Department, 'Lexington U/21 Drinking Enforcement'
- Knox County Attorney's Office, 'Think, Think, Think - Don't Drink'
- Challengers of Oldham County
- Knott County Abuse Council, 'Youth in Action'
- River Valley Prevention Center , 'Community Awareness on Underage Drinking'
- Kentucky Underage Drinking Program, 'No Way To Go'
KSP will accept applications for the 2010 EUDL block grant beginning December 1, 2009. 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.