NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Police in North Myrtle Beach are cracking down on underage drinking with their Alcohol Enforcement Team and say its already netting results.
North Myrtle Beach received a share in a $10 million federal grant they're using as a resource to conduct DUI checkpoints throughout the spring and summer months.
Just this past weekend, police made eight arrests and guarantee there will be more.
Police are using this opportunity to educate businesses with the potential to sell alcohol to underage drinkers, and allow their business plan to change before they become a target.
Officials in North Myrtle Beach have also started handing out window stickers for businesses sell alcohol. Those stickers state very clearly that anyone underage trying to purchase alcohol will face a penalty of nearly $500 in fines and up to 30 days in jail.
So if you're under the age of 21, consider this fair warning. The federal grant funding will allow for these checkpoints to continue for the duration of the summer.