Dozens arrested in college drinking crackdown

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Indiana State Excise Police arrested dozens of people as part of a crackdown on college-age drinking over the weekend.

In Muncie, officers arrested 19 people on 23 charges around the Ball State University campus. At Indiana University in Bloomington, 26 people were arrested with 34 charges altogether. In South Bend, 11 people were arrested for underage drinking during tailgating at Notre Dame's home football game Saturday.

The officers are participating in the Intensified College Enforcement, or ICE, initiative, which is part of a multi-year effort by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to reduce underage drinking.

In Muncie, 10 minors were arrested on 11 charges, including illegal possession of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcohol and various traffic violations. One adult was also cited for various traffic violations. On Saturday, eight minors were arrested on 10 charges, including illegal possession of alcohol, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement in the BSU tailgating area. One 20-year-old man was taken to jail for illegal possession of alcohol, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. He registered .16% BAC - twice the legal limit to drive a car in Indiana - on a portable breath test.

At IU, 22 people were cited for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol; two for resisting police; four for fake IDs, two for providing alcohol to a minor, one for public intoxication and three other charges.

Police point to a study called the Survey for Alcohol Compliance that shows a drop from 40 to 5.5 percent of businesses willing to sell alcohol to minors. Also, Indiana launched a mandatory server-training program in January 2010 to teach people who sell alcohol how to spot fake IDs and deal appropriately with underage or intoxicated customers. Police say this training helps package-store clerks and alcohol servers in restaurants catch underage customers trying to buy alcohol.