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Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility
Recommendation 9-8: States and communities should establish and implement a system requiring registration of beer kegs that records information on the identity of purchasers.
Recommendation 9-9: States should facilitate enforcement of zero tolerance laws in order to increase their deterrent effect. States should
modify existing laws to allow passive breath testing, streamlined administrative procedures, and administrative penalties and
implement media campaigns to increase young peoples’ awareness of reduced blood alcohol content (BAC) limits and of enforcement efforts.
Recommendation 9-10: States should enact and enforce graduated driver licensing laws.
Recommendation 9-11: States and localities should routinely implement sobriety checkpoints.
Recommendation 9-12: Local police, working with community leaders, should adopt and announce policies for detecting and terminating underage drinking parties, including:
routinely responding to complaints from the public about noisy teenage parties and entering the premises when there is probable cause to suspect underage drinking is taking place;
routinely checking, as a part of regular weekend patrols, open areas where teenage drinking parties are known to occur; and
routinely citing underage drinkers and, if possible, the person who supplied the alcohol when underage drinking is observed at parties.
Recommendation 9-13: States should strengthen efforts to prevent and detect use of false identification by minors to make alcohol purchases. States should
prohibit the production, sale, distribution, possession, and use of false identification for attempted alcohol purchase;
issue driver’s licenses and state identification cards that can be electronically scanned;
allow retailers to confiscate apparently false identification for law enforcement inspection; and
implement administrative penalties (e.g., immediate confiscation of a driver’s license and issuance of a citation resulting in a substantial fine) for attempted use of false identification by minors for alcohol purchases.