Target Responsibility For Alcohol Connected Emergencies (TRACE)

TRACE is a protocol wherein first responders to alcohol-related emergencies immediately notify ABC when an incident involves a person under 21 and an alcoholic beverage that results in great bodily injury or death.

24 Hour Trace Hotline: 1-855-HLP-TRACE or 1-855-457-8722
(For law enforcement only)

Background

The TRACE Protocol was created in the spring of 2004 when a diverse group of law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, stakeholder groups and individuals tried to grapple with the increasing problem of youth access to alcohol.

Casey Goodwin, a college student from Exeter, had been killed in a head-on crash by an 18 year old drunk driver. Her mother, Lynne, was troubled by one nagging thought. Although the police had done an excellent job investigating the crash and the drunk driver was sentenced to a lengthy prison term, she knew another person was involved in the crime that killed her daughter. That person was the individual who either sold or gave the alcoholic beverages to the drunk driver. Lynne simply asked why there wasn’t a better method of investigating that aspect of drunk driver crashes involving minors.

The questions Lynne Goodwin asked eventually brought together ABC with the Attorney General’s Office, California Highway Patrol, MADD, FNL and many other agencies and stakeholder groups.

ABC had a distinct role to play with TRACE. Of course, there was the obvious access to licensed premises and a high level of expertise. But there was also a dedicated corps of ABC Investigators who were extremely motivated in taking up the assignment.

Initially, TRACE was funded with a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). This funding paid for overtime, equipment, and creation of support mechanisms, training videos and printing.

In May 2006, the TRACE Unit at ABC was born as a free standing bureau within the Department.

Today, TRACE has continued to be supported by OTS grant funding which has stabilized the unit and ensured its continued operation.

TRACE Facts

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) should be notified immediately of any death or serious injury involving underage drinking.

TRACE is a protocol wherein first responders to alcohol-related emergencies immediately notify ABC when an incident involves a person under 21 and an alcoholic beverage that results in great bodily injury or death.

ABC Agents will conduct a simultaneous investigation to determine where the alcoholic beverages were acquired, purchased, or served.

Agents will be alert to the collection of evidence that may indicate where the alcoholic beverage was obtained. Such evidence can include false identification, receipts, bags, labels, and statements of witnesses.

A timely notification to the TRACE Unit greatly improves the chance of a successful investigation.

If the TRACE investigation determines that an ABC licensed location sold or furnished alcoholic beverages to a minor, the Department will file administrative action to suspend or revoke the license of that business.

The TRACE Protocol was developed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Office of Traffic Safety, California Attorney General’s Office, California Highway Patrol, California Police Chiefs Association, and California State Sheriffs’ Association.

For more information about the TRACE Unit, contact ABC Headquarters by phone at (916) 419-2500 or by email at headquarters@abc.ca.gov.

 

24 Hour Contact: 1-855-HLP-TRACE

Contact

Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Alcoholic Beverage Control
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834

E-mail us at headquarters@abc.ca.gov.
Call (916) 419-2500