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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2010

Deputies conduct shoulder tap operations to curb the


availability of alcohol to minors during April which is Alcohol
Awareness Month
WHEN: 04/12/10
CONTACT: Deputy Brooke Keast, PIO
775-328-6370 Office, 775-771-8252 cell
www.washoesheriff.com

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, in support of Alcohol Awareness
Month, has conducted operations to curb the availability of alcohol to minors. During the
evening of 04/12/10, deputies conducted “shoulder taps” at two locations in Washoe
County. During these operations 47 adults were contacted and 9 agreed to purchase
alcoholic beverages for a minor. They were then issued citations. Providing alcohol to a
minor is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1000 fine.
The citation for this violation is $635. This effort is in cooperation with Join Together
Northern Nevada (JTNN) who assists law enforcement with grant funding to fight
underage drinking.

The following statistics were collected by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey administered
to students in Washoe County in 2009.

• 13.1% of high school students have driven under the influence of alcohol during
the past 30 days.

• 26.3% of high school students first drank an alcoholic beverage before age
thirteen. Statistics show that when youth begin drinking at such an early age that
their chances of becoming alcohol dependent go up significantly.

• 31.1% of high school students have been binge drinking during the past 30 days.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and security of the public
we serve. It is our desire to curb the availability of alcoholic beverages to minors which in
turn reduces incidents including alcohol related crashes and fatalities. Please don’t drink
and drive.