RI State Police Crack Down on Underage Drinking

Sep 19, 2013

State police are going all out this year to combat underage drinking. A task force has been monitoring places where underage drinking has historically been a problem.

State police Colonel Steven O’Donnell said a task force comprised of state, municipal and campus police has been formed to address the problem of underage drinking.   Since the beginning of September

Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell at a press conference announcing a crackdown on underage drinking.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

they’ve investigated 30 nightclubs and several house parties near college campuses. Twenty-six people were summoned to appear in court on charges of alcohol possession by an underage person.

O’Donnell said underage drinking will not be tolerated in Rhode Island. “These parties have turned into a nightmare for those people who live in these communities, said O’Donnell. “And it's incumbent upon us and it falls upon us to send a powerful message that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

O’Donnell says one campus party occurred September 16th outside Providence College. Members of the task force found 200 college age students openly carrying and consuming alcohol on the streets and visiting numerous house parties that were underway.

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