NHTSA Offers Ways to Prevent Underage Drinking

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released several guides for state and local law enforcement officials seeking to find ways to curb underage drinking. The guides include a list of programs that states like Colorado have found successful in preventing underage driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).

For example, making regular compliance checks on places that sell alcohol has helped cut down on minors buying alcohol illegally. Although the rules that govern compliance checks vary by state, in most cases, an undercover law enforcement agent will pose as a minor trying to buy alcohol to check that the place selling the alcohol doesn’t sell to people under age 21.

A similar program is the Cops in Shops program. Originally designed by Delaware police, the Cops in Shops program posts undercover police officers in stores that are suspected of selling alcohol to minors. The officers then arrest or ticket minors who try to buy alcohol, as well as adults who are buying alcohol for minors. According to NHTSA, the risk of arrest for attempting to buy alcohol is one many people are not willing to take.

Compliance checks and Cops in Shops are two ways people trying to purchase alcohol may find themselves surprised by police officers. If you or someone you love has been arrested for or charged with DUI, DWI, or another alcohol-related offense, you need an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer on your side. The legal team at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has the resources and experience to fight for the best possible outcome in your case. To see if The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help you, call 719-475-2555 today for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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