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City-wide crackdown on illegal sale of alcohol to minors
City-wide crackdown on illegal sale of alcohol to minors

Bradenton, FL -- The Bradenton Police Department has begun a City-wide enforcement effort to prevent and stop the illegal sale of alcohol to minors by employees of establishments that sell and/or serve alcohol.

With High School Proms, the 2010/11 School year coming to a close and Summer break approaching, investigators will be conducting operations to arrest violators of Florida State Statute 562.11, which is the selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to person under age 21, a misdemeanor of the second degree.  

A person who violates this a second or subsequent time within 1 year after a prior conviction commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.  
 
Operations conducted on May 19 resulted in the arrest of two employees from the Lost Kangaroo Pub and one employee from Decks Bar for serving alcohol to a minor. Both establishments are located on Old Main Street. 
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Each year, the economic impact in Florida of alcohol-related crime, traffic crashes, health care and other costs totals slightly more than $3 billion statewide.
 
Alcohol-attributable violent crime alone accounted for 49% or $1.5 billion million of the total underage drinking costs.

Traffic crashes were second, with an economic tab of $642.7 million for medical and emergency services, lost productivity, workplace and legal costs, property damage and other costs, according to Economic Costs of Underage Drinking in Florida, a study released by the Florida Department of Children & Families.
 
Other economic impacts detailed in the county-by-county report included risky sexual behavior, $291.1 million; fetal alcohol syndrome, $75.4 million; medical and other costs for alcohol-related injuries, $202.5 million; suicides and suicide attempts, $48.3 million; and alcohol abuse treatment, $2.8 million.
 
Researchers also computed the overall costs per youth. These averaged $627 per person under the age of 21 and $1,818 per youth between the ages of 14 and 20. These costs were the result of approximately 180 youth deaths and 71,602 injuries and other events directly attributable to underage alcohol use.
 

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