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A. The City Council finds that sales and service of Alcoholic Beverages to persons who are inebriated and to persons under the age of 21 result in serious public health and safety problems, such as alcohol abuse, drunk driving, vehicle accidents, injuries and death.

B. The purpose of this Chapter is to address these problems by mandating appropriate training for Licensees, Servers and Managers. Such training will:

1. Prevent the over-service and over-consumption of alcohol by customers while on the premises of licensed vendors;

2. Reduce alcohol-related crashes, injuries, and deaths that often result from driving while intoxicated;

3. Eliminate the sale to and/or consumption of alcohol by underage persons;

4. Assist Licensees to develop and implement responsible policies for the promotion, sales and service of alcohol; and

5. Promote an attitude of professionalism on the part of Licensees, Servers and Managers.

C. According to a 2004 Safer California Universities Study, 28.1% of UC Berkeley students said it was "very easy" or "easy" to find a bar within two miles of campus where they could buy alcohol without showing an ID, 29.5% for a liquor/grocery or convenience store, and 31.40% for a restaurant.

D. According to a recent Alameda County BHCS AOD Youth Survey 23% of Berkeley High students (and 40% of Berkeley Alternative students) gain access to alcohol through local supermarkets and liquor stores.

E. Responsible Beverage Service training has a strong track record in reducing alcohol-related problems, particularly in the state of Oregon where there was an 11% reduction in fatal, alcohol-related car crashes in one year and a 23% drop in single-vehicle nighttime injury crashes over three years after training became mandatory statewide. (Ord. 6967-NS § 1 (part), 2007)