Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $356,400)
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.
Within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Office of Grants and Research (OGR), Highway Safety Division (HSD) is the agency responsible for implementing highway safety programs. As a fundamental component of improving the quality of life in the Commonwealth, the mission of highway safety programs within EOPSS-HSD consists of three basic goals: (1) to reduce the number of traffic accidents, (2) to reduce the severity of injuries from an accident, and (3) to reduce economic losses resulting from traffic accidents. To ensure effectiveness, relationships are developed and maintained with traditional and non-traditional partners, advocacy groups, citizens, community safety groups, complementary state and federal agencies, and state and local police departments. In addition, EOPSS-HSD relies on experts to advance the state's agenda in corporate relations and safety conscious planning. Massachusetts will utilize EUDL funding to support compliance enforcement operations through local and college campus police departments as well as funding the Liquor Enforcement Program through the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.
The targeted population will be the under-21 population in the cities and towns that receive grants.
Below is a summarization of the projects proposed for this FFY 2010 application:
1. Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws- Local and Campus Police Departments
The EOPSS-HSD will identify and fund a select number of local and campus police law enforcement agencies that will conduct a variety of underage drinking enforcement operations based on data and best practices.
2. Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws- Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
The EOPSS-HSD will provide funding to the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) for a Liquor Enforcement Program based on data and best practices.