Police to crack down against underage drinking - WKRN News 2

Police crack down against underage drinking at local universities

Posted: Updated: Aug 9, 2013 05:37 PM

Metro police want to keep Nashville college students from being part of the astounding national numbers of fatal alcohol related auto wrecks.

Every year an estimated 1,800 college students nationwide die in the United States from alcohol related injuries.

"Every year when school comes back in session we want to show a heavier presence in the bar areas. And let them know underage drinking and excessive drinking wont be tolerated," Lt. David Leavitt said.

Metro police officers will patrol popular hang outs frequented by Vanderbilt and Belmont University students.

We will be observing the students observing behaviors looking for excessive drinking and underage drinking," said Leavitt.

If underage students are caught drinking or drinking excessively police will arrest them and then notify campus security. Campus security will then come to location come to the location where the students are drinking.

"Often times when you are attending a university like Belmont or Vanderbilt the penalty for getting in trouble with the police, the penalties from the university for getting in trouble with the police could be much worse than what they will face in court for a charge of public intoxication," said Leavitt.

According to Vanderbilt's alcohol policy it could mean anything from a reprimand to expulsion from the university.

Police want their operation to send a clear message to students but also to their parents.

Leavitt added, "Just to let them know we are keeping an eye on their kids even when they can't."

On Friday, Nashville's News 2 spoke to police about their relationship with Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, they say it is one of the strongest.

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