ABT Arrests 44 for Underage Drinking at the UCF vs. Miami Football Game
October 19, 2009
ORLANDO—University of Central Florida hosted ninth-ranked Miami for a sold out game in Orlando on Saturday. A record number of fans packed the stadium and even more tailgated before the game. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents arrested 44 tailgaters for underage drinking during the University of Central Florida vs. the University of Miami football game. 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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