November 9, 2015

Contact: Brenda Trobaugh

Cal Poly UPD Teams with State ABC, City Police on Alcohol Enforcement Efforts

SAN LUIS OBISPO — In an effort to curb underage and binge drinking, Cal Poly University Police (UPD) teamed with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and San Luis Obispo Police on recent sweeps on and near campus during the Halloween weekend.

The aim of these sweeps was to improve the lives and safety of Cal Poly students and of the greater community. With extra sweeps this year, UPD’s efforts resulted in 58 alcohol-related citations to college-age people, compared to 37 from the same time period last year. Both uniformed and plainclothes officers conducted the operations Oct. 30 and 31. Officers issued citations for charges such as minor in possession of alcohol, having an open container of alcohol, public intoxication, and possessing false identification.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students ages 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries, including vehicle accidents. As well, nearly 600,000 students ages of 18 to 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol. And one in four college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in studies, doing poorly on tests or papers and receiving lower grades. 


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