Oklahoma authorities are teaming up to target underage alcohol sales and drinking for the remainder of June.
The Oklahoma County Metro Alcohol Task Force will perform compliance checks at bars and convenience stores to make sure employees aren’t selling alcohol to minors. Officers will also conduct “party patrols” by responding to loud noise complaints and checking parties to make sure there aren’t any illegal alcohol activities.
Mark Myers, spokesman for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office, said the force consists of officers from Oklahoma County, Bethany police, Forest Park police and Midwest City police.
According to statistics released by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office in 2010:
- 24 people under the age of 21 died in accident fatalities involving alcohol
- 163 people under the age of 18 received complaints for driving under the influence of alcohol
- 665 under the age of 18 were involved in drunken incidents