Officers from the Temecula Police Department had undercover minor decoys visit eight area businesses to purchase alcohol and all of those businesses refused to serve the undercover individuals, according to a Sheriff’s official.
The undercover decoy operation was facilitated in a partnership between Temecula Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Team (POP) and California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Agents, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.
The undercover decoy operation was aimed at reducing the availability of alcoholic beverages to minors in the community. That’s in part because evidence indicates that individuals under the age of 21 are far more likely to get into fatal drunken driving than their adult counterparts, according to Sgt. Chris Gaskins.
In his report, Gaskins congratulated the eight businesses for their judgment to not sell alcohol to underage individuals. Those businesses were:
— The Beer and Wine Garden
— Texas Lil’s Grill
— The Edge Restaurant
— The Bank Mexican Restaurant
— Killarney’s Irish Pub
— CVS – 31021 Temecula Parkway
— Rite Aid – 31797 Temecula Parkway
— CVS – 33205 Temecula Parkway
Individuals with questions about the program can contact Gaskins at (951) 696-3128.
The operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.