Police cracking down on underage drinking during spring break
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) —
Gulf Shores Police plan to continue to crackdown on underage drinking during spring break.
Sergeant Jason Woodruff, public information officer for the Gulf Shores Police Department, said they've seen significant changes since an alcohol ban on the public beaches went into effect in 2016.
The Baldwin County community is doing its part to help keep a family-friendly atmosphere.
Local businesses are working to stop and prevent underage drinking.
Sherri Parker at Al's Liquor is constantly keeping a close eye on anyone who walks into the store looking to buy alcohol.
"We just kind of make a ballpark guess on the age of the customers that come in," Parker said. "We try to ID everybody that appears 35 and younger. That's just a good general rule."
Signs let potential customers know the sale of alcohol to minors is never allowed.
Parker takes ID-ing every person very seriously.
"We don't want to be known as that store where you can go buy anything you want," Parker said.
She expects to see a spike in spring breakers over the next few weeks.
The store has tools available like an electronic ID checker which reads every ID.
There's also a book filled with information on state, federal and international IDs.
Parker said, "We try to help our community as a whole out, and the officers and that sort of thing by stopping trouble before it starts."
On the beach, Gulf Shores Police have yet to see big spring break crowds.
Sgt. Jason Woodruff believes an alcohol ban on the beach has helped diminish the party atmosphere.
"The big situation that was a problem I guess back in 2016 was just large numbers of underage drinkers on the beach in like really large pockets of people," Sgt. Woodruff.
Police expect a spring break season with no problems.
"There was a big change and we expect it to be the same this year," Sgt. Woodruff said.