UD po­lice re­ceive grant to pre­vent un­der­age drink­ing

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Linda Finarelli

The pop­u­lar spots for un­der­age drink­ing are pretty much known by high school students, but the rp­per aublin po­lice are gen­er­ally onto them as well. And ef­forts to pre­vent un­der­age drink­ing, sup­ported by state grants, are work­ing, po­lice say.

The po­lice scored a A9,9PR grant from the Penn­syl­va­nia Liquor Con­trol Board this year to pre­vent un­der­age and dan­ger­ous drink­ing for a fifth year, ac­cord­ing to rp­per aublin Po­lice lf­fi­cer aavid jadrak, and will use the money to pur­chase two por­ta­ble breath test in­stru­ments and pay for over­time for of­fi­cers work­ing the de­tail. The depart­ment was one of only SS in­sti­tu­tions to re­ceive a grant for 2M12, he said.

Since 2MMT, when the depart­ment first re­ceived the PLCB grant, po­lice have re­sponded to 1MU calls re­gard­ing un­der­age drink­ing and is­sued a to­tal of PS9 ci­ta­tions, ac­cord­ing to depart­ment sta­tis­tics. fn­ter­est­ingly, in 2M11, when po­lice did not re­ceive the grant, po­lice reg­is­tered 11 in­ci­dents with PP ci­ta­tions, only half or less than the 22 to PP calls in the grant years.

The de­tails oc­cur dur­ing times sta­tis­tics show there have been large num­bers of young peo­ple en­gaged in un­der­age and dan­ger­ous drink­ing, po­lice said, par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas not ac­ces­si­ble by po­lice ve­hi­cles. Bike and foot pa­trols are used to ac­cess those ar­eas, which in­clude town­ship parks and re­cre­ation ar­eas, school dis­trict prop­er­ties, golf cour­ses and coun­try clubs and large wooded ar­eas.

The goal is “to re­duce deaths, in­juries, health risks and prop­erty losses caused by un­der­age and dan­ger­ous drink­ing,” po­lice said.

Po­lice have “re­ceived feed­back from par­ents, teach­ers and coaches that their chil­drenL stu­dentsLath­letes are aware of the in­creased ef­forts” to cur­tail un­der­age drink­ing, which are be­lieved to have “de­terred” those who may take part in these ac­tiv­i­ties from do­ing so “be­cause of the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing cited and the sub­se­quent penal­ties,” jadrak, who ap­plies for the grants, said in an email.

The PBTs are used to de­ter­mine an in­di­vid­ual’s blood al­co­hol con­tent, which is im­por­tant from a med­i­cal stand­point, as well, in de­ter­min­ing proper med­i­cal treat­ment, if needed, jadrak said.

The penalty for un­der­age drink­ing is a 9Mday sus­pen­sion of a per­son’s driver’s li­cense for a first of­fense and up to two years for a third and sub­se­quent of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to the PA Crimes Code. A fine of not more than ARMM can be ap­plied for sec­ond and sub­se­quent of­fenses as well.

cirst-time of­fend­ers are some­times per­mit­ted to take part in an ac­cel­er­ated re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive dis­po­si­tion pro­gram in which their case will be dis­missed af­ter com­plet­ing an ap­proved class, in ad­di­tion to pay­ing a ARM fine and the 9M-day li­cense sus­pen­sion. The charge is not re­moved from the per­son’s record, but is shown as “dis­missed” rather than “guilty,” ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict court.

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