GPD Officers Report Drop in Underage Drinking
Police say fewer underage drinkers are hitting the bar scene in Gainesville.
They say more officers are out looking for it, but they're arresting fewer people than usual.
Gainesville Police Capt. Lonnie Scott says the number of underage drinking arrests has dropped between 60 and 80 percent on a given night.
"We have a more difficult time, quite frankly, finding folks in violation in these establishments, which for us in the end is good," Scott said.
Officials attribute that change to a recent ordinance by the city commission threatening sanctions on bars caught serving alcohol to minors over and over again.
They presented those results to state alcohol and tobacco officers Tuesday afternoon.
The real test starts in a few weeks, when thousands flock back to the University of Florida for the fall semester.
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