Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $360,000)
The goal of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program is to support and enhance State efforts, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. For the purpose of the program, minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age.
The State of Indiana's FY 2009 EUDL program will focus on the development of a new media campaign to increase public education and awareness of underage drinking laws and issues. The media campaign will involve working with middle and high school students, as well as partnering with local colleges and universities to implement strategic prevention efforts in and around campus areas. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) will partner with law enforcement agencies in these areas to implement targeted enforcement activities, such as house parties, fake IDs, alcohol sales to minors, alcohol license violations and drinking and driving violations. These activities will take place several times per year, especially during those times considered 'party times' during the school year. Finally, ICJI will work with local city council members, business owners, elected officials, fire departments and code enforcement officers to target problem establishments, writing up violations and enforcing consequences. ICJI will continue to collaborate with the Indiana State Excise Police to enforce laws for liquor retailers.