Authorities crack down in Halloween weekend underage drinking sting at Poly

Nearly 60 college-age people were cited for alcohol-related offenses during Halloween weekend in a sting operation this year.

In an effort to curb underage and binge drinking, Cal Poly University Police worked with with California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and San Luis Obispo Police to conduct patrols on and around campus during the Halloween weekend.

The sweeps resulted in 58 alcohol-related citations compared to 37 over the same time period last year. Uniformed and plainclothes officers issued citations on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 for a variety of charges, including being a minor in possession of alcohol, having an open container of alcohol, public intoxication, and possessing false identification.

This project is part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy/Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 college students around the country, ages 18-24 years old, die each year from alcohol-related injuries, including vehicle accidents. Nearly 600,000 students are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol.