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Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Through Enforcement Supported by Active Community Coalitions

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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

Date Created: September 19, 2011