The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Arrests 46 Underage Drinkers at New Years Weekend Football Games
January 5, 2009
TALLAHASSEE—New Year’s is one of the biggest weekends in both college and professional football, and Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents were in attendance to enforce compliance with underage drinking laws. Over the holiday weekend ABT agents arrested 46 individuals at the Orange Bowl Classic on Jan. 1 and the playoff game on Jan. 4 between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens.
Agents at the Orange Bowl arrested 26 people for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person and one for a fugitive warrant. During the NFL game, agents arrested 15 for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person, one for sale of alcoholic beverage to an underage person and one for possession of narcotics, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
“As this football season comes to a close, I am proud of the work our ABT agents have done this season. We have stepped up our enforcement efforts associated with football games and created new partnerships, TURF (Tailgaters Urging Responsibly and Fun), to more effectively combat underage drinking,” 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