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Police write 18 citations in patrol for underage drinking in Lawrence

May 13, 2011

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Four Lawrence police officers enforcing underage drinking laws on a special patrol Thursday night wrote tickets for 18 alcohol-related offenses, said Jen Jordan, director of prevention for DCCCA and a member of the New Tradition Coalition.

During a four-hour patrol, officers wrote nine minor in possession of alcohol tickets, seven citations for consuming alcohol in public and two for carrying fake IDs. The patrol included checks at bars and patrols in the Oread neighborhood near the Kansas University campus, she said.

Jordan said patrol coincided with Thursday being the final day of classes this semester at KU and the Friday as the last day of classes for the Lawrence high school seniors who are exempt from taking final exams. The patrol was funded as part of the coalition’s Drug Free Community Grant, and it was organized in combination with a coalition marketing campaign about social hosting laws.

She said through grant funds will support four or five more similar patrols this spring and summer.

Four Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control officers also were out enforcing underage drinking laws for eight hours Thursday, Jordan said. Numbers from that effort were not immediately available.

Comments

wtfusa 3 years, 7 months ago

oh yea, lets punish second class adults for committing victimless crimes.

Sara Garlick 3 years, 7 months ago

For MIPs the punishment in Kansas is equal to those in other states. Granted the "Alcohol Training" classes aren't really going to be more than a nuisance, but the suspension of their license really hits home to these kids.

hiphopsux 3 years, 7 months ago

We can afford to have these extra officers on the streets handing out tickets to college aged adults doing normal college things but lets cut funding for the arts and our schools. Absolutely ridiculous.

xfitter 3 years, 7 months ago

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4theHawkS 3 years, 7 months ago

@xfitter - I hate to be "that guy" because I agree with most of what you have said, but in your final sentence, "You're an idiot, go read you're bible". You seem to lose touch on correct grammar. "You're" is actually "you are" therefore you are telling the "idiot, go read you are bible". I feel much better now.

flyin_squirrel 3 years, 7 months ago

Seggy,

You do not lose your license for an MIP, that is for a DUI. I agree people should be punished for DUI's but college kids having a few after a year of school is not a good use of our officers time and tax dollars. Good thing these patrols were not around when Jen Jordan was in college and hanging around the Ranch... Pot meet kettle...

Bursting 3 years, 7 months ago

Actually, yes your license does get suspended for an MIP, I think it's like 30 or 60 days. In my opinion if they are going to enforce alcohol laws then just set up more checkpoints instead of "walking around" catching kids on sidewalks...

Jock Navels 3 years, 7 months ago

i got busted a few times underage drinking back in the 50s...the cop would call my parents, they would come and get me and my pals. no harm, no foul.

thebigspoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Old enough to serve in the military and serve your country and possibly die before you are old enough to buy a beer. I still don't understand that...

muttonchops 3 years, 7 months ago

I agree with that common statement, mostly. You don't get to reap the benefits of people who fight for our country just because you are the same age. Go serve, then we'll talk.

thebigspoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Then raise the age to serve in the military to 21 also. I just think it is stupid that you can enlist and put your life on the line and shoot a gun at people but you can't go shoot a game of pool and have a beer.

Dan Blomgren 3 years, 7 months ago

One of the 'criminals' busted by our local police force was a 20 year old soldier back on his first leave after defending our Country in Iraq. He was out with his friends trying to put his last 10 months of Duty behind him, and trying to remember what it is like to be a normal human being again. For the first time in 10 months he didn't have to worry about a sniper, a suicide bomber, or a bomb blowing up in the road on the way to get fresh water for his platoon. Instead of an Iraqi soldier storming into the room to kill him, it was Jen Jordan and her entourage taking away his freedom to have a beer with friends. The very freedom he had put his life on the line for the previous 10 months. Although this story is fictitious it could just as easily be true. I'v seen DCCA, the local PD, and the ABC (Alcohol Beverage Control) conduct these stings first hand, and they (the officers) have such an attitude of righteous indignation about them it makes me sick. I agree with jocknavals above. Call the kids parents and let them go. It's a joke we are spending time and money on this ridiculous matter. Me, personally, I'd rather buy the soldier a much deserved beer with a whole hearted 'Thank You for your sacrifice' than punish him for it. But that's just me!

Deb Engstrom 3 years, 7 months ago

If he has been defending our country in Iraq, he should know better than to drink illegally in the US. We don't have to worry about snipers, suicide bombers, etc. but drunk drivers are just as dangerous.

justoneopinion 3 years, 7 months ago

Bad boys bad boys, what you going to do, what you going to do when they come for you...

Randall Barnes 3 years, 7 months ago

wow wow wow last night i saw several drivers unable to maintain a lane driving the wrong way driving with no headlights and stopped at green lights. only 2 dui arrest last night ..... but yet they bust adults for drinking beer.no wonder so many people drink and drive in lawrence.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

There was a time when 18 year olds could drink in the state of Kansas. It was true for some states, but not all. During the Viet Nam War, there was a strong push to allow 18 year olds the right to drink, since they were subject to a draft (males). The argument was the same as has been listed above, if they can serve and maybe die, they should be allowed to drink. The result was that deaths in the 18-21 year old group went up. The Federal government responded by threatening to cut off funds if states did not raise the drinking age to 21. The states did raise the drinking age and deaths went down.
Drinking in the 18-21 age group = higher death rates. Plain and simple.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

They drink less. 12-14 year olds also drink, but drive very little so their death rates are very low. Should we allow them to drink in bars on the assumption that they won't die in significantly high number because they don't drive? Let's use a little common sense, I did not say 18-21 year olds don't drink at all.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 7 months ago

Right, because statistically they die at a level that society has deemed too high.

flyin_squirrel 3 years, 7 months ago

Raising the drinking age was not the cause of drunk driving deaths going down. It may have played a part but education and enforcement were more prominent factors in lowering drunk driving fatalities. It used to be just a traffic ticket when caught drinking and driving but it was the government increasing the penalties that really caused it to drop. And now there are so many programs available for getting a safe ride home when drinking that have also decreased the drinking and driving deaths.

I agree to police and bust drunk drivers but spending our officers time chasing college girls in bars with beers is a waste of time and money. (And most officers would also agree.)

Keith 3 years, 7 months ago

Nice to see the spring fundraiser for DCCCA went well.

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