Edisto Beach: Law enforcement teams up to crack down on underage drinking

Edisto Beach: Law enforcement teams up to crack down on underage drinking

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Office and Edisto Beach Police Department are teaming up to crack down on underage drinking. A total of six to eight officers will patrol the beach during the day and into the evening. The sheriff's office has an alcohol enforcement team specialized in this kind of patrol.

"We don't want anyone to be that parent that gets that phone call in the middle of the night that something has happened to their child," says Lieutenant Jason Chapman of the Colleton County Sheriff's Office.

Jennifer Bennett is a bartender at Pier Pressure Lounge. She says it isn't easy to always spot a fake ID.

"This year it seems like children are using their sibling's identifications, so it has become a lot harder to determine who and who isn't legal."

The 25-year-old says the responsibility is not to be taken lightly.

"I know that it's me in the end that's going to take the fall for it," says Bennett. "If I give them drinks and they hit somebody or kill them self, it's me. I take it."

The sheriff's office says officers will also be dropping by some of the places teens may consider more lax with enforcement.

"We'll do occasional bar checks ourselves," explains Lieutenant Chapman. "We'll check and make sure if someone's inside the grocery store or gas station purchasing alcohol that they appear to be older than 21, and if it's questionable then we'll actually stop them and check them."

Officers will also be on the lookout for seatbelt violations and people hanging out of trucks and jeeps. The increased presence will go on through the weekend.