Combating Alcohol Sales to Underage Youth

By KBJR News 1

Combating Alcohol Sales to Underage Youth

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 10:12 AM CST

Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A grant has been awarded to the Hermantown Police Department to conduct alcohol compliance checks on all licensed retailers.

A compliance check is a tool that identifies alcohol establishments that sell to underage youth.

A law enforcement officer works with underage youth who attempt to purchase alcohol from a bar, restaurant, liquor store, grocery store or other licensed outlet.

The outlet will pass the compliance check if the clerk or server asks for identification and refuses the sale.

The outlet can fail the check by illegally selling alcohol.

Any seller that is caught selling to an underage buyer will be referred to the City Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution.

Also, the owner of the alcohol license may face civil penalties.

Along with issuance of an alcohol license will come the responsibility to guarantee that all sales are legal and responsible.

Hermantown law enforcement is committed to working with retailers to help them abide by the law.

Selling to a minor includes penalties such as fines, civil penalties and can eventually lead to license revocation.

A server who sells to someone under the legal drinking age can be charged with a gross misdemeanor offense.

The Hermantown Police Department will help educate license holders and their staff by hosting “Alcohol Server Awareness” training on Wednesday May 2nd at 4:00 p.m.

The training will help vendors in the community including information on:
- Criminal and Civil Penalties and Minnesota State Law
- Signs of Intoxication
- How compliance checks are conducted
- Effecting serving practices in order to curb underage access and over-serving of customers
- Fake ID recognition

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