ABT Patrols Tailgates at the Florida International University vs. the University of Toledo Football Game to Protect Underage Youth from Alcohol
September 28, 2009
MIAMI—As college football fans filled the stadiums this weekend, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents patrolled tailgating activates to keep alcohol out of the hands of the underage. This Saturday, ABT agents patrolled the Florida International University versus the University of Toledo football game, issuing 12 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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