Underage Drinking Arrests Down At Country Jam U.S.A.

Underage drinking summons issued by law enforcement at Country Jam U.S.A. this year dropped by almost 50% compared to 2004, that's according to statistics released Monday by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

This year, law enforcement added more teams to check for underage drinking and to create positive contacts with young people at the event. Country Jam 2005 saw 81 citations given for underage drinking compared to 157 last year.

The Colorado State Patrol issued 43 drunk driving tickets this year, which is up from 2004, but a spokesperson with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office says the Colorado State Patrol still considers this a success.

Other crimes were also down this year. The sheriff's office says a multi–agency approach, using a private security firm in addition to law enforcement from around the Grand Valley and the state, helped reduce crime this year at one of the Grand Valley's most–attended event of the year..

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