Underage Drinking Arrests Continue to Drop
It's been more than six months since Gainesville passed a city ordinance geared toward stopping underage drinking, and Gainesville police say new numbers prove it's working.
GPD released a preliminary analysis on underage drinking at a Friday morning Community Alcohol Coalition meeting.
Since the city ordinance began in April, underage drinking arrests made in the Downtown and Midtown/College Park areas fell by more than 73 percent compared to that time last year. There were 355 arrests made in 2008, but only 95 in 2009.
"I need to recognize not only my officers for their diligence in following up on this, but really the owners of the establishments for the making the changes that allow them to comply with this ordinance," said GPD Capt. Lonnie Scott. "It's really been a team effort by all."
At the meeting, city officials said they will look into "ladies night" promotions at bars, saying they go against Gainesville's anti-discrimination ordinance.
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