Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Arrests 1,092 Underage Drinkers this Spring Break
March 30, 2010
TALLAHASSEE—Agents with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco arrested 1,092 people for underage drinking during statewide spring break enforcement efforts. Vacationers flocked to Florida’s beaches during the month of March, and ABT agents patrolled spring break hot spots including, Panama City, Daytona, Melbourne, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami, to protect underage youth from the dangers of alcohol consumption. ABT agents arrested 39 for selling or giving alcoholic beverages to the underage, 50 for providing false identification to a law enforcement officer, and four for narcotics.
“Considering the thousands of students who traveled to Florida during this three-week period, we increased efforts to stop underage drinking during this time. I am proud of our ABT agents who helped protect underage Floridians and visitors,” said Interim Secretary Charlie Liem.
ABT uses enforcement as a measure of last resort, focusing primarily on education and prevention efforts. One important prevention effort was the second annual “Why Not?” Spring Break Video Contest, which was geared toward 14- to 20-year-olds. Using YouTube.com and SchoolTube.com for submissions, the campaign created a peer-to-peer platform so teens could share why they chose not to drink underage. To view the winning videos, visit MyFloridaLicense.com and navigate to the “Why Not?” page.
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 of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The department licenses nearly one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com.