Dec 23, 2021

ABC Reminds Licensees to be Vigilant when Checking Identifications

The public can help by designating a sober driver during the holiday season

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is reminding ABC licensees to check identifications closely to prevent underage drinking during the holidays. ABC also wants to remind you to have a plan in place for a sober driver to get everyone home safely.

ABC is partnering with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help keep communities safe through New Year’s Day. Remember to designate a sober driver, use public transportation, or a ride hailing service.

“Let’s keep friends and loved one’s safe this holiday season,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “If you’re planning a night out, remember to make a plan beforehand for how to get home safely. ABC licensees, remember to carefully check identification and ensure customers do not overconsume alcohol and put themselves and others at risk.”

The department will be utilizing education and prevention programs, and enforcement where necessary in collaboration with local law enforcement, licensed establishments, and community stakeholders to help make the holiday season as safe as possible.

Visit ABC’s website to see how the department protects communities through education, prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws.

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
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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