The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 4, 2009
ABC staff take aim teen drinking in May, hope to cut killer crashes
Staff at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have joined a national effort  this month that aims to cut underage drinking and reduce deadly car and truck crashes.

ABC investigators and enforcement staff statewide have joined the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association's "Operation Save a Teen."

ABC investigators will work across California all this month to thwart the sale of alcohol to teens and underage drinking, hopefully preventing dozens of alcohol-related tragedies.

During 2007, 188 people under age 21 were killed in alcohol-related crashes statewide, according to ABC Director Steve Hardy.

Hardy said families should be celebrating landmark life events like high school and college graduations and other spring community events, not mourning their dead teens.

For details about either Operation Save a Teen and the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association, click here. 

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