Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Patrols Miami vs. FAMU Football Game for Underage Drinking
October 12, 2009
MIAMI—This weekend, Hurricane fans were ready for an easy win over smaller, in-state opponent FAMU, but some fans faced the biggest loss of the season when they were arrested for underage drinking. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents arrested eight tailgaters for underage drinking during the University of Miami vs. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University football game Saturday at Land Shark Stadium. The fans received Notices to Appear for possession of alcohol by an underage person.
Underage drinking prevention is one of the division’s top priorities. The division works to combat underage drinking through a three-tiered approach—education, prevention and enforcement. One prevention effort is Tailgaters Urging Responsibility & Fun, or TURF. TURF was launched by the Charmer Sunbelt Group, and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is the official spokesperson. Partners include Brown-Forman, Diageo, and CBS Radio. This initiative aims to positively impact the game environment for everyone with tips for a successful celebration, responsible alcohol consumption reminders and actionable steps each and every fan can take to ensure that the game, and the tradition of tailgating, is preserved.
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