ATC issues 800+ citations during summer crackdown
BATON ROUGE - The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said their agents handed out 821 citations during their third summer enforcement sweep intended to catch businesses selling to minors.
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said 460 citations were for selling alcohol to minors, while 361 were for tobacco sales. Hebert said 15 percent of the businesses checked had to be cited, a similar rate to previous years.
"We are not satisfied with a 15 percent non-compliance rate, but the good news is that 85 percent did the right thing. There is nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol or tobacco to a minor and ATC will hold those that sold accountable," he said.
Hebert said the sales were to underage operatives, usually ages 16 or 17, working with ATC agents. In all, the agency performed 5,474 compliance checks during the crackdown.
Businesses and servers who make sales to minors face fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 and could lose their alcohol and tobacco sales permits. To view the statewide list of ATC citations, click here.