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Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Through Enforcement Supported by Active Community Coalitions

Award Information

Award #
2011-AH-FX-0020
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Total funding (to date)
$359,639

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $300,000)

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 Nebraska Office of Highway Safety plans to utilize its FY 2011 EUDL grant funds to continue implementation of the Statewide Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force, focusing on youth alcohol enforcement efforts, public education targeting adults about the criminal and civil penalties of providing alcohol to minors, and other innovative prevention efforts. Project Extra Mile is a statewide network of community coalitions in Nebraska, covering over 50 percent of the state's population. Coalition and community organizing efforts are currently underway in the following counties: Cedar, Dawson, Dodge, Douglas, Hall, Madison, Saunders, Sarpy, Scotts Bluff, Washington, and Wayne. The organization's mission is to create a community consensus that clearly states that underage alcohol use is illegal, unhealthy and unacceptable. In the eleven counties served by Project Extra Mile, the areas of focus include: 1) enforcement collaborations 2) media advocacy 3) policy initiatives 4) education and awareness and 5) youth leadership. The targeted communities should experience decreases in youth access to alcohol, the rate of underage drinking and related injury. Progress toward these goals will be measured through identified performance measures and objectives outlined in the proposal. NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice. 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.

One of the state's largest underage drinking community coalitions will be solicited to organize, facilitate, and recruit to conduct two youth underage drinking related training events. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will solicit the Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies to conduct retail -compliance checks, third party provision operations, source investigations, party patrols, and youth oriented driving enforcement operations for an anticipated 1,200 additional hours of enforcement. The agency will also facilitate training for law enforcement personnel and prosecutors in conducting retail sale alcohol compliance check operations, large underage drinking party dispersal strategies, alcohol source investigation technics, and youth oriented driving enforcement operations, combine public information and education campaign efforts, along with periodic alcohol compliance check operations and related adjudication of offenders, increase the general public awareness of the availability of the tip line, and identify local community coalitions involved in underage drinking prevention initiatives to provide assistance and support to youth leaders, law enforcement agencies, and local prosecutors. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 19, 2011