The County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc. (COCOAA) recently donated an Imaging Scanner to the Oswego City Police Department, with funding provided through a New York State Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant.
The L-Tron Imaging Scanner will be used in a city police patrol car to enhance the functionality of the vehicle’s mobile data terminal. It will scan driver’s license bar codes and capture images of the licenses and other identification documents. The scanner can also help determine the validity of a driver’s license.
The scanner will help increase the efficiency of processing underage drinking violators, both on compliance details and routine patrol encounters.
Previous EUDL funding in the City of Oswego has enabled the Police Department to continue on and off premise compliance checks and has helped to support recent Quality of Life patrols.
Underage drinking remains the most serious substance abuse issue in NYS and is currently higher than the national rate. The problems associated with underage drinking are widespread, resulting in costly and tragic health, social and economic difficulties including youth violence, traffic crashes, injury and premature death. In a 2007 study, underage drinking cost the citizens of NYS over $3.5 billion.
Through funding efforts, enforcement activities by the Oswego City Police Department, education in the community and area schools and media coverage, the EUDL monies received through COCOAA has allowed for an ongoing focus and means to address underage drinking issues in this community.
The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services sponsors the EUDL funding in New York State.
For more information about this grant or COCOAA’s services, please call 342-2370.