ABT Agents Arrest Underage Drinkers at College and Professional Football Games
November 12, 2008
TALLAHASSEE— It is the perfect weather to watch football players battle over the pigskin on the field. While football enthusiasts are enjoying the games, Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents are patrolling the stadiums for underage drinkers. ABT agents were in effect this past weekend and arrested 36 individuals. Agents patrolled the University of Central Florida versus Southern Mississippi game in Orlando as well as the Florida International University versus Arkansas State University game in Miami.
Agents arrested five violators during the FIU game for possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21. During the UCF game, a total of 31 individuals were arrested for possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of combating the persistent problem of underage drinking at these sporting events. We want our fans to have the best experience possible at these games so we are striving to seek out underage drinkers and make them responsible for their actions,” said Secretary Charles W. Drago.
The mission of ABT is to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons, to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the laws and rules regulating the industry in Florida, and to collect taxes and fees related to these industries.
The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com