For those who are thinking about getting a fake I.D. over break, you might want to think twice.
The Isla Vista Foot Patrol recently received a $50,000 grant from the regional Alcohol Beverage Control board to strengthen its enforcement of alcohol laws. The Alcohol Beverage Control board also agreed to assist the IVFP by supplying undercover agents and offering Isla Vista’s 25 restaurants and retailers with liquor licenses intensive training on state liquor laws and checking fake I.D.’s.
The grant will help provide Foot Patrol officers with overtime pay to encourage increased patrols. The undercover agents provided by the ABC will be attending keg parties at private residences in I.V. for the next eighteen months.
“ABC will assist in providing their own personnel to check public keg parties and make sure people aren’t charging for alcohol or furnishing alcohol to minors,” Lt. Tom McKinny said. “We’re just looking to enforce the laws in the book.”
The crackdown will begin with alcohol retailers in I.V.
“This is mainly geared toward the restaurants and liquor stores to ensure compliance with state and local laws having to do with the sale of alcohol,” McKinny said. “Sometimes restaurants don’t check I.D., and we have cited businesses that sold alcohol to people with obvious fake I.D.s.”
Ramsey Bashir, the night manager at Mac’s Market, said he supported the new program.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the stores to strengthen their hold on the abilities of kids to get a hold of alcohol, and we’ve actually bumped up our training for our staff within the last month substantially,” Bashir said.
Formal training by the ABC board has not yet been administered, but Bashir said Mac’s has strengthened its own fake I.D. policy within the last month.
“Since we set our new policy we have confiscated a number of fake I.D.s. We make everybody take their I.D. out of their wallet now,” Bashir said.
In the past, the ABC board has issued booklets on alcohol policies to both Mac’s and I.V. Market. Woodstock’s manager Arlen Marking said he is skeptical of the crackdown. The ABC held training sessions with Woodstock’s employees over the summer.
“In the past, this place has been a haven for underage drinking, but I think it’s one of those things where they take it really serious in the beginning, but it boils down to how it normally goes, because this is a college town,” Marking said.
Freshman psychology major Aaron Brenes said he doubted the effectiveness of the crackdown.
” I don’t like the fact that they are sending undercover agents to parties, “Brenes said. “I think that my friends will definitely find ways to get around it.”
Undeclared freshman Tony Moreno also said I.V. residents would not be seriously affected by the crackdown.
” They don’t really have good reasons to try and crack down on I.V. for drinking,” Moreno said. “There’s a lot of other places the money could go to better than just trying to regulate students that are going to do what they’re going to do no matter what the authorities say.”