Underage Drinking Patrols Being Beefed Up Along Jersey Shore

BELMAR, NJ (WCBS 880) – Underage drinking is a longstanding problem for cops along the Jersey Shore.

“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.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With The Story

“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.

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  • Walker Blackjohn

    What the hell is wrong with drinking? You can’t smoke anymore so what’s the problem with a wee bit of a nip now and again. Hell, I’ve been drinking since before I was born, scotch and bourbon to be exact. Hey, a fifth a day makes your pancreas say YAY!!!!

  • Angrybuffolo

    Is this stupid or what. When you arrest kids, then what?????
    You can’t charge them but release them to parents……and…..they are back at it again!!! You guys are WASTING Tax-payers money, that’s all!

    • RichieT

      There are cities that ARE charging the parents. Fining them, sometimes putting them in jail overnight. Why not? They’re legally responsible.

    • Schmellma Loins

      Hey bozo, buff this. Jello butt!

  • RichieT

    I’m 53. When I grew up in NYS, the minimum age was 18. The reason they went to 21, was that if the legal drinking age wasn’t 21, they’d lose Federal Highway money. It’s saved ALLOT of lives. .

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