Compliance Checks in Districts I and IV of Hillsborough County

The final DUI enforcement events of the month will be focused on keeping local establishments from furnishing alcohol to minors under the age of 21, aiming to curb underage drinking and underage DUIs. These compliance checks that the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office conducts are tests that require a teen volunteer. Under instruction by a police officer, this teen will go into a local bar, restaurant, or convenience store in order to ask the bartender, waiter, or clerk for an alcoholic beverage. If they are carded and refused alcohol, the teen will be coached to then offer a bribe. The checks are to see if the clerk will fail to ask for ID or not, if they will sell alcohol anyway, or if they can be swayed by a bribe. There will be two of these compliance checks this week, and here are a few further details:

Thursday, January 30, compliance checks in District IV (Southern Hillsborough County) will go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Friday, January 31, compliance checks will go from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. throughout District I (Northern Hillsborough County).

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