Sheriff’s Department gets grant for underage drinking prevention

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has received a $5,000 grant from the Comprehensive Alcohol Risk Reduction program to prevent underage drinking in the community,

The grant, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety, may be used to fund officers’ overtime for compliance checks, which help ensure retail establishments are not selling alcohol to underage customers. Grant funds also may be used for increased patrols in areas identified as potential sites for underage drinking parties.

The Sheriff’s Department will be conducting additional roadway patrols to target underage drinking on various days from April through May 2010.

“Underage drinking, especially when it involves motor vehicles, is a deadly threat to young people in our community. It is a problem that affects both traffic and public safety,” said Sheriff David Beth. “We are serious about preventing underage drinking and are ready to take appropriate enforcement action when voluntary compliance fails.”


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