Over 300 citations issued in first month of crackdown
Agents with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued 331 violations in just the first month of the agency’s 2014 Summer Crackdown on underage alcohol and tobacco sales, including a citation to one local business.
Alcohol was recently sold to a minor at Myers Landing in Lake Arthur, resulting in the only violation for Jeff Davis Parish in the first month of the summer crackdown.
Of the 331 violations during the month of June, 211 were for alcohol sales to minors and 120 were for tobacco sales to minors.
Since the Summer Crackdown began on June 2, 2014, ATC agents have conducted more than 2,400 compliance checks on businesses throughout the state that sell and/or serve alcohol and tobacco. In 2013, agents conducted a total of 3,000 compliance checks over a three-month period and they are working to more than double that number this year.
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said the results of the first month of the crackdown are good news for the State, as 85 percent of the businesses that were checked did not sell to a minor. Hebert said the state must now focus on the 15 percent that continue to violate the law.
Businesses caught selling alcohol or tobacco to underage persons are subject to criminal and administrative charges and face fines and penalties that could result in suspension or revocation of their alcohol and tobacco permits.
ATC agents conduct compliance checks throughout the year to ensure establishments that sell or serve alcohol and tobacco are conducting business in accordance with state laws. Throughout the summer months, however, ATC agents greatly increase the number of random compliance checks at alcohol and tobacco retail outlets statewide.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association offers ServSafe Alcohol, a two-hour online course, available 24-7 and designed to help you serve alcohol responsibly and avoid citations, fines and possible license revocation. ServSafe Alcohol is a vital, practical and current responsible alcohol server training program that includes Louisiana alcohol regulations, including key techniques to determine the age of a guest, the reason to ID and the proper way to check an ID.
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