To keep the Fourth of July safe, the Boise Police Department conducted alcohol compliance checks in the days leading up to Independence Day. Of the 127 establishments checked, 10 sold alcohol to minors working with officers. Officers noted that most clerks didn't ask to see identification at the stores that sold to the teenagers. Officers also found one establishment that didn't have any employees who were server trained, as the city of Boise requires.
The BPD said in a press release that the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes. From 2008 to 2012, 756 people have died in crashes involving drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher over the Fourth of July weekend. That's 40 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities over the same five-year period.
Locations found to be in violation:
Albertsons, Five Mile and Ustick roads
Albertsons, Vista Avenue and Overland Road
Liquor Store, Five Mile Road and Fairview Avenue
Emerald Lanes, Emerald Street and Orchard Street
Maverick, 27th and Main streets
Cafe Capri, Federal Way
Characters Sports Bar (Red Lion Downtown), Fairview Avenue
The Tilted Kilt Bar, Broadway Avenue
Cobby's Deli, Broadway Avenue
Nato's Restaurant, Entertainment Avenue
A person who sells alcohol to an underage youth faces fines up to $1,000 plus up to one year in jail. Maximum penalties for licensed establishments that sell alcohol to minors include a 10-day license suspension or $1,000 fine on the first offense, a 30 day suspension or 15-day suspension and $1,500 fine on the second offense, and a 180-day license suspension on the third offense. The record clears every three years.
Boise Police Department DUI patrols will be out in full force all weekend.