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220 People Nabbed for Underage Drinking during Ga.-Fla. Game Festivities

10:07 PM, Nov 2, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- They have heard all the excuses.

But Capt. Elizabeth Ledbetter with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and her team said none of them work when it comes to underage drinking.

"Fraternities, sororities get together and say it's a rite of passage when, in fact, it's not," said Ledbetter. "It's against the law."

More than 160 people found out the hard way on game day Saturday that even though drinking seems to be a Georgia-Florida football game annual tradition, if you are underage you can be arrested.

"It was only a matter of time; it's no big deal, I'll pay my ticket and go to the game, (and) watch Florida win," said one woman who was caught drinking underage.

Some of those arrested were just 16. Officers also arrested 43 people Friday night total at RV City and the Landing.

"It's no longer billed as the world's largest outdoor cocktail party. The schools are really trying to push away from that and prevent underage drinking," said Ledbetter.

In 2009, there was a record 250 cited. This year, the weekend total was 220. They received a notice to appear in court.

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