Now under-age drinkers can’t hide their alcohol

By Rightnow289 · Jul 11, 2009 · ·
  1. Rightnow289
    They may look like ordinary strips of paper, but actually they’re the latest secret weapon in the fight against under-age drinking.

    Craven police have adopted the alcohol testing kits in an attempt to foil teenagers who try to disguise their tipple by mixing the booze with soft drinks.
    Officers can now detect the presence of alcohol with the new colour-changing strips and obtain on-the-spot results without having to taste a drop.
    “The alcohol strips are being rolled out throughout all of Craven district,” said Skipton’s Sergeant Paul Cording.
    “There will be no more pulling the wool over our eyes now. Typically, we’ll get a group of youths that have been drinking out of a coke bottle, but it’s actually mixed with vodka.
    “There is not a major problem with under-age drinking, it’s just a small minority. But it’s important to stamp it out, as there is a direct correlation between the consumption of alcohol and minor criminal damage.
    “We can use the alcohol strips as a form of early intervention and then pour the alcohol away in front of them if necessary,” said Sgt Cording.
    The initiative comes in the wake of a clampdown on young drinkers in which police officers demanded the mobile phone numbers of parents to put them in the picture about what their offspring had been doing.
    “Too often, parents abrogate their responsibilities regarding their children, not knowing where they are or who they are with,” said the head of Skipton’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, Inspector Craig Linton.
    “When I come across youths drinking under age or being involved in anti-social behaviour, I ask for the parents’ home or mobile numbers and I ring them there and then.
    “If I don’t get the number I say I’ll lock them up and that generally does the trick. I’m sick and tired of people thinking they know more about their rights than their responsibilities and this will change. We’re ruthless with yobbos, street drinking and violent offenders.”
    Youngsters caught in possession of alcohol can expect police to confiscate it.
    In some circumstances youth reprimands are issued to the offenders.
    The alcohol strips are just one of a number of high-tech measures being introduced, which include mini-CCTV cameras which police can wear as an ear-piece.

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  1. podge
    Alcohol testing kits to check if kids are mixing hard liquer/spirits with soft drinks ? .... what ever happened to opening the bottle and just smelling it ? Simple but effective.
  2. corvardus
    SWIM considers this a complete waste of time. Skipton is hardly a hotbed of depravity and debauchery. This is just a gimmick, most likely a test bed for the Yorkshire police to roll out in Leeds or Bradford.
  3. Sven99
    My first thought was exactly what podge said - why are police spending money on some gimmicky test kit when its no more difficult to just sniff the bottle? What an utter waste of resources.

    Also, does anyone know what the legal implications of this would be? Would sniffing the bottle or using the test paper constitute a search, and therefore need permission or probable cause?
  4. honourableone
    Laws give me a headache, but considering the fact that an individual is singled out I would assume that probable cause would be needed. However, "probable cause" is a term with no real substance and is just in place to make people feel as if they have more rights than they actually do, because police find it no more difficult to discriminate and search anyone they feel like; they can make reasons for searches up as they go along. SWIM's friend happened to put his hands in his pockets due to the cold as a riot van went passed, and that gave then "probable cause" to search him.
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