Underage drinking law enforcement funded by grant

August 29, 2012

Peoria, IL (August 28, 2012) The Peoria Police, Peoria City/County Sheriff’s Department, Bradley University Police, and the Bradley University Wellness Program have received a $9,000 grant to enforce underage drinking laws from the Illinois Higher Education Center.

The three police departments will collaborate to check IDs at local bars, ensure legal sales at local packaged liquor stores, and conduct other underage drinking enforcement activities during the grant period from August through March. 

In Illinois, a person under the age of 21 found with a fake ID may be charged with a Class 4 felony (up to $25,000 fine, up to 3 years in prison).  Anyone using another person’s ID could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor (up to $2,500 fine, up to 1 year in prison).  In both cases, the ID will be confiscated and sent to the Office of the Secretary of State.  The Secretary of State can suspend a person’s driver’s license for up to a year for these violations.

Even if State charges are not filed, Bradley students may still be referred to the student judicial system and receive sanctions and interventions from the university. 

Bradley University applied for the grant in an effort to decrease alcohol abuse among Bradley students.  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA), a division of the National Institute of Health, enforcing underage drinking laws is one of the best ways to decrease alcohol abuse on college campuses. 

This is the fifth grant awarded to Bradley University’s Wellness Program. The first was received in the Spring of 2008. 

For more information, contact Lyndsey Hawkins, MA, CADP, Assistant Director of Alcohol Education & Wellness at Bradley University at (309) 677-3381.