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Berkley Announces Funding To Prevent Underage Drinking

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

$300,000 Federal Grant Awarded to State of Nevada

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that Nevada will receive $300,000 in federal grant funding to help prevent underage drinking.

"Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services will utilize this funding to assist local coalitions across our State that are working to stop underage drinking. These funds will enable the development of specially tailored strategies for combating underage drinking that meet the specific needs of individual Nevada communities. As a member of the Congressional STOP DUI Caucus, I recognize the importance of targeting our young Nevadans with messages about the dangers of drinking and driving and the consequences of illegal consumption of alcohol by those who are under 21 years of age," said Berkley.

The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant program has a record of success in Nevada. The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) was awarded a 3-year EUDL discretionary grant in 2008 to reduce underage student access to and consumption of alcohol. By implementing a working solution that best suited their needs, UNR successfully reduced alcohol availability to underage students, decreased alcohol-related crimes on and off campus, improved adjudication practices, and improved student retention.

The EUDL Program supports and enhances State efforts, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals who are under 21 years of age. Nevada's Department of Health and Human Services will award EUDL funds to seventeen local prevention coalitions, which will help with the selection of law enforcement strategies that best meet the needs of local communities.

Other activities supported by the coalition include: server training, reward projects, and ensuring media coverage of law enforcement and community prevention events. Law enforcement operations include: compliance checks, third party purchases, party patrols, special events control and fake identification intervention.

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