Posted: Aug 14, 2014 1:07 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 1:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - Alcohol and Tobacco Control officials said they issued 895 citations to Louisiana establishments during their 2014 Summer Crackdown.
Of those citations, ATC said 505 were issued for alcohol sales to minors and 390 were given for tobacco sales to a minor.
During the three-month operation ATC said they performed more than 6,500 compliance checks. They said that's twice as many as conducted during summer 2013.
ATC said the initiative is an attempt to follow through on its mission to prevent minors from getting access to alcohol and tobacco. They said statistics show an increase in teen drinking during summer months.
"The fact we are using only 16 & 17 year old operatives and getting this many sales is concerning," said Commissioner Troy Hebert.
Hebert said anyone caught selling or serving alcohol or tobacco to minors will face criminal and administrative charges. Businesses could also face fines in the thousands of dollars and penalties that could result in suspension or revocation of their alcohol and tobacco permits.
ATC agents and employees also held nearly three dozen educational presentations throughout the summer, and spoke to about 2,500 children and adults about the effects of early alcohol and tobacco use. They also educated parents and kids about the dangers of synthetic drugs.