Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws
The Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. (Minors are defined as individuals younger than age 21.) Congress has delegated the authority to administer the EUDL Program to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) who passed on that authority to the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS). From fiscal years 1998 to 2005, Congress appropriated $25 million annually to OJJDP for its EUDL Program. Under the EUDL Program, activities may include:
- Statewide task forces of state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to target establishments suspected of a pattern of violations of state laws governing the sale and consumption of alcohol by minors.
- Public advertising programs to educate establishments about statutory prohibitions and sanctions.
- Innovative programs to prevent and combat underage drinking.
For more information, please contact Vicky Scott at (573) 526-2179.