NJ Campaign Against Drunk Driving Seeks “Last Drink” Data


New Jersey is asking for motorists stopped on suspicion of drunken driving where they had their last drink, reports USA Today. Police must send the answers to state investigators looking for bars and restaurants where drinks flow too freely. This year, Texas started a smaller program, and Boulder, Co., used last-drink data to get bars to be more careful about whom they serve. The Washington State Patrol will publish its annual list of top “last drink” locations. Jerry Fischer of the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control agency says the “Last Drink Initiative” allows 22 investigators to cover the state’s 10,000 licensed establishments more efficiently by focusing on watering holes repeatedly named as a last port of call.

New Jersey prohibits the sale of alcohol to anyone who appears intoxicated, and the ABC can revoke or suspend a license or levy a fine. Since the program began in September, the agency has compiled a top 10 list of businesses mentioned most frequently. Undercover investigators visited a nightclub that had been named by eight motorists arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. They found signs advertising a two-for-one sale on kamikazes, drinks with an ounce of vodka and an ounce of triple sec liquor. Such a promotion is illegal because “it’s designed just to get people drunk,” Fischer said. “Unless we got lucky, we would never have stumbled in there.”

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-11-27-last-drink_N.htm

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