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March/April 2005
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Each month, EUDL's "Success Stories" series highlights selected state and local accomplishments supported by EUDL funds. Here are some examples.

In Bloomsburg, PA, home to Bloomsburg University, about two-thirds of police calls are university related, and alcohol use is involved in most crime and public disorder incidents. Between 1987 and 2001, 15 college students died from alcohol-related causes. In 2001, the Bloomsburg Police Department implemented a comprehensive alcohol enforcement plan. Officers received special training and began zero-tolerance enforcement of all alcohol laws. The municipal government developed or revised a number of ordinances, and police, local government, and the university established a task force to address alcohol issues.

On October 21, 2004, the County Council in Volusia County, FL, unanimously enacted an emergency ordinance to ban alcohol sales at the annual 10-day youth fair held in early November. The Councilís action quashed the fair associationís plan to sell beer as a revenue-raising venture. A local coalition working to reduce youth access to alcohol had opposed the associationís plan. The coalition comprises more than 60 nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations.

In a unique partnership with local law enforcement and the state highway patrol, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) helps local authorities investigate traffic collisions, assaults, and other incidents in which underage alcohol use is suspected. Through Target Responsibility for Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE), ABC assigns officers to help determine where and how the alcohol was obtained. The California ABC has distributed TRACE reference cards for law enforcement officers and is working with officers to produce training and public information videos.



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