ECU underage drinking citations up this year
This blog has previously reported about some of the issues college students can face after being cited for a student offense, such as underage drinking. Alcohol or drug-related student offenses can land on a student’s permanent record, haunting the student in college, and beyond. Many agencies in North Carolina that are near a college campus look out for things, such as possession of a fake ID, as well as for evidence of potential underage alcohol offenses.
9 On Your Side News in Greenville recently reported that twice as many students at East Carolina University have been cited for underage drinking than those who faced such charges at this point last year. Law enforcement says that more than 80 ECU students have already been cited for underage drinking this semester.
But law enforcement apparently intends to up the ante. North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division officers are expected to crack down on underage alcohol offenses. This week marks the kickoff for ALE’s Back-to-School Operation, according to WNCT-TV.
ALE agents will especially be looking for underage drinkers in downtown clubs, according to an ALE Special Agent. He says that agents will be looking for people trying to get into clubs. He says that the enforcement efforts will also look at the clubs to make sure the establishments are adhering to state drinking laws.
ALE officials say that on average, they cite nearly 180 people for underage drinking each year during the first few weeks of school. The ALE, Back To School Operation reportedly runs through Saturday.
Source: WNCT 9 On Your Side, “ECU underage drinking citations have more than doubled this school year,” Katie Banks, Sep. 12, 2012