Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $499,994)
OJJDP's Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation (FIRE) Program supports methodologically rigorous research and evaluation studies that inform policy and practice consistent with the Department of Justice's mission. OJJDP is funding field-initiated studies to understand the factors that influence the prevention of underage drinking, the enforcement of underage drinking laws, and individuals' and communities' attitudes and behaviors about underage drinking. The FY 2012 EUDL FIRE Program is authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, Pub. L. No. 112-55, 125 Stat. 552, 617.
Wake Forest University proposes to use two existing data bases on youth drinking behaviors and law enforcement activities in 272 local communities across 17 states combined with data that will be compiled on motor vehicle crashes, local policies and local community characteristics to investigate the impact of 10 local policies and 7 local law enforcement strategies on key indicators of underage drinking. The results of this study will be disseminated to policy makers, practioners and researchers with an interest in effective methods in addressing underage drinking.