Chapel Hill Police wrote one open-container citation Saturday night during the first of eight planned patrols by the Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Teams.
The Chapel Hill Police Department announced the move Thursday on Facebook, calling it “street-level underage compliance checks.”
“It’s really just to make sure that businesses, residents and visitors in the community are following the proper laws,” said Ran Northam, community safety spokesperson for the Town of Chapel Hill.
During the first of eight planned ALERT and compliance checks, the Chapel Hill police wrote one open-container citation. These new patrols are meant to encourage safe and legal drinking for students and those in the community.
Mandey Brown, owner of Zog’s Art Bar, said the bar collaborates with the alcohol enforcement teams and is vigilant about underage drinking. To ensure that students with fake IDs can’t continue using them, Brown said Zog's confiscates all of them.
“I’m not trying to be a jerk, but I have a responsibility to my family and my employees,” she said.