Underage Drinking

DUBUQUE- After a series of underage drinking arrests, some feel that college students are being unfairly targeted. To get to the bottom of the issue, we spoke to Lt. Scott Baxter of the Dubuque Police Department.

“I think we’ve seen an uptick in that charge being filed, and the number of occurrences,” Lt. Baxter said.¬† “And that might also speak to our productivity in terms of how we enforce it and how aggresive we are with that particular offense.”

As it was, there were 308 charges for possession of alcohol under the legal age in 2013, which led to some frustration among students who believed they were being singled out. But Lt. Baxter said that isn’t the case.

“It’s a myth. And I understand the frustration when people do get charged or get int trouble for it. We don’t track what school¬† you’re from. It’s irrelevant to us. What’s relevant is the fact that you’re underage and you’re in possession or consuming alcohol.”

Despite the high rate of alcohol-related arrests last year, Lt. Baxter went on to say that the department’s primary concern is safety and that the police are just doing their job in protecting the community.

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