This fall, undercover state investigators are crashing tailgate parties at the state’s universities. Since the end of August, the enforcement effort overall has resulted in more than 150 citations for alcohol-related offenses. The Commonwealth’s Alcoholic Beverage Control officers also patrol Keeneland, looking for underage drinkers. Director of Enforcement Mike Razor says they try to make repeat visits.
“We don’t have a lot of investigators. There’s 30 of us total, and they’re stationed throughout the state. It doesn’t take that many. So three or four may go to three or four different places on game day or Keeneland or someplace that has a potential for underage drinking to occur,” said Razor.
Razor says such an operation was recently conducted at Eastern Kentucky University during a football tailgate event.
“We had one at Eastern here not too long ago that was a textbook operation. We worked hand in hand with the local authorities, university police, state police, and I would assume the Richmond police too,” added Razor.
During that enforcement effort, 30 citations were written. Razor says that’s about average for a fall tailgate event. He says the aim is to spread his investigators equally around the state’s universities. Razor says this weekend’s high profile football game between the University of Kentucky and Alabama will likely attract undercover officers.