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 West Virginia plans to provide program funding to support underage drinking enforcement efforts throughout the State by implementing several activities including: Statewide taskforces, public advertising programs, and innovative programs. Specifically, the State will support law enforcement overtime for compliance checks, Cops-in-Shops operations, diversion programs, educational awareness programs, billboards, newspaper articles, and radio ads. The effectiveness of their response strategies will be measured by the collection of performance measurement data, at six month intervals, and an on-site programmatic visit. The data to be collected will include, but is not limited to: the types of strategies conducted, the number of strategies completed, and an increase or reduction in citations and arrests. This impact data will then be analyzed and compared to statewide data, collected by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, in an effort to show the effectiveness of the EUDL Grant Program.