ATC says "troublesome" number of bars serving minors
BATON ROUGE - Alcohol control officials released details Friday about efforts to crack down on underage drinking ahead of Mardi Gras and said they're concerned how many bars aren't following the law.
Louisiana Alcohol Tobacco and Control said agents did more than 600 compliance checks since Feb. 2. Of those checked, ATC said 83 businesses were caught selling alcohol or tobacco to people who are underage.
"With the 5 largest days to go until Mardi Gras, a 13 percent non-compliance rate is troublesome," said ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert.
The commissioner warned businesses and servers that their establishment could have their permits pulled before Fat Tuesday if they don't shape up.
"The majority of undercover operatives used by ATC are 16 and 17 years old. With the legal age to purchase alcohol being 21, there's simply no excuse for these irresponsible sales," Hebert said.
Click here to see which businesses were cited during the ATC stings. To report suspicious activity at places which sell alcohol or tobacco, call the ATC's anonymous hotline at (225) 925-4070.