Oct 22, 2021

ABC Agents Will be out Enforcing Alcoholic Beverage Laws During Halloween

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announces that agents will be working in communities throughout California to make this year’s Halloween as safe as possible by utilizing ABC education and enforcement programs.

ABC agents will visit ABC licensed businesses to check on compliance with alcoholic beverage laws to reduce alcohol service to obviously intoxicated patrons and underage youth. Licensees need to make sure their employees are checking identifications carefully to prevent youth access to alcohol.

ABC also advises anyone of legal drinking age to help reduce DUI’s by designating a non-drinking driver before traveling to a location where alcohol is sold.

“Too many Californians are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and incidents, and hopefully, education, prevention, and enforcement efforts will prevent those tragedies from occurring,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “ABC encourages everyone to discuss how to make Halloween celebrations as safe as possible.”

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), underage drinking is a significant problem in this country and on college campuses despite collective efforts to address them. More information on prevention strategies can be found on NIAAA’s website or College Drinking.

ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC off-sale licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s online Licensing Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. You can now take the training online.

Funding for Halloween enforcement operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm, and save lives visit. ABC Enforcement Programs or ABC Education Programs. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: pio@abc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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