ABC grant will reduce underage drinking, alcohol-related harm in California

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announced it has been awarded a $3.27 million grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to help curb underage drinking and educate licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. The $3.27 million grant will fund departmental programs designed to increase public safety

Grant funding will also support approximately 20 local law enforcement agencies with up to $50,000 for alcoholic beverage compliance check operations and holiday enforcement throughout the state.

“ABC is grateful for the partnership and support from the OTS and NHTSA,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “The resources provided to us through this grant will help reduce youth access to alcohol and increase safety in communities throughout California.”

The grant will run through the end of September 2023. ABC programs funded through the grant include Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap operations, fake identification enforcement, compliance checks involving alcohol delivery services, underage retail theft, Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendency inspections, Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drug trainings and Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies trainings.

To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm, and save lives, visit ABC’s website to learn more about educationprevention, and enforcement.