Young drivers lack driving experience and have difficulty scanning their environments to detect imminent hazards. Coupling alcohol with these limitations worsens these driving weaknesses. Additionally, drinking is associated with other risky behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, making illegal turns, and not wearing seat belts.
Research and experience confirms strong enforcement helps to reduce underage drinking by limiting access to alcohol, reducing opportunities for youth to drink, and curbing impaired driving. Consistent, vigorous enforcement reinforces the message that adults and youth must be responsible for their actions and that violating the law is unacceptable. Enforcement helps to validate the activities of prevention specialists and can help treatment specialists to identify youth in need of help. Consistent, vigorous enforcement has also been shown to create a reputation that can significantly reduce underage drinking in the community.
As in years past, we will continue deploying law enforcement initiatives that include compliance checks, reverse stings, retail surveillance patrols, shoulder taps, and party patrols. Through a combination of these initiatives, the Tewksbury Police Department will enforce a zero-tolerance policy on minors who seek to circumvent the law and those people and businesses that allow them to do so. Whether you are under age, plan to sell to a minor, or buy alcohol for a minor, we will be on the lookout. Offenders will be criminally prosecuted and businesses will be referred to the licensing authority for administrative action. The Department’s mission is to partner with the community to combat this very serious issue.
Your cooperation with our plight to combat underage drinking could save a life. Any loss of life or injury from underage drinking is one too many.