The Fontana Police Department and agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested one suspect on Sept. 28 for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors in Fontana.
The arrest came during a Shoulder Tap operation, which targets adults who purchase alcohol for persons under the age of 21.
A minor, under the direct supervision of law enforcement, stands outside of a liquor or convenience store and asks customers to buy them alcohol. The minor also indicates they are underage and cannot purchase the alcohol. If an adult agrees to purchase alcohol for the underage person, he or she can be arrested and cited.
The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours of community service.
“We conduct these operations to keep alcohol out of the hands of our youth,” said ABC Director Joseph McCullough. “By preventing underage drinking, we can increase the quality of life in our communities and reduce DUIs.”
Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a much higher risk of being involved in a crash than older drivers. About 25 percent of fatal crashes involve underage drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the ABC Alcohol Policing Partnership (APP) program.