“The underage drinking doesn’t go away. At the shore, the summer, people are off. It’s a magnet,” says state alcoholic beverage control director Jerry Fischer.
He says they’re kicking off their annual Cops in Shops program to cut down on minors drinking.
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“We cooperate with liquor stores and put undercover officers in the liquor stores that we think are going to be attended by the underage,” says Fischer.
He says they target stores which sell to minors, look for fake IDs, and arrest the kids who try to buy.
“This is a big issue this year,” says Fischer.
The program isn’t limited to stores; it also targets bars.
“All of the bars and places where we think there is going to be a problem with underage [drinking], we use intelligent techniques to find those places, target them, and make sure that they don’t survive,” he says.