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March 2, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General

Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Jerry Fischer, Director


Maureen Sczpanski


Efforts to Combat Underage Drinking in College Communities Bring a Total of 90 Arrests


TRENTON -- Attorney General Peter C. Harvey and Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Director Jerry Fischer today announced that a total of 90 individuals were arrested for underage drinking as a result of a statewide effort by the Division to combat underage drinking in and around college communities.

Similar to the undercover efforts conducted during the summer at the Shore, this effort focuses on college towns, and surrounding municipalities, that have a large influx of young people during the school year.

“We are continuing to give our attention to teenagers who drink alcoholic beverages. In doing so, we are trying to protect them from injury and death,” Attorney General Harvey said. “Whether it is at the Shore in the summer or in a college town in the winter, local law enforcement officers and ABC investigators will continue to work year-round to identify and stop underage drinkers in licensed establishments, for their own safety and the safety of the public.”

Since the initiative began in October, ABC investigators have carded 700 individuals in bars, liquor stores, and nightclubs in Atlantic, Camden, Mercer, Passaic, Gloucester, Middlesex, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Ocean, Cape May, Union and Monmouth counties.

According to Director Fischer, 13 individuals, including one juvenile, were arrested recently for underage drinking at Side Pockets, located in Hooters Restaurant, at 2319 Rt. 22, in Union Township, Union County. The arrests were made February 18 near the Kean University campus by ABC investigators and the Union Township Police Department.

“By working cooperatively with both local and county law enforcement officers, we can further enhance our efforts to combat underage drinking throughout New Jersey, and hopefully, prevent the horrific consequences that can come from these irresponsible actions,” Fischer said.

In addition to criminal charges that may be filed against underage persons who purchase alcohol, the liquor licensee may be subject to administrative charges from the ABC or municipal body for violation of the ABC laws.


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