Ninety percent of Livingston County businesses pass alcohol compliance checks

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Over the past 12 months, 103 licensed liquor establishments in Livingston County were visited for alcohol compliance checks. The Livingston County Community Alliance, the Livingston Community Prevention Project, and the Michigan State Police worked together to conduct alcohol compliance checks at licensed liquor establishments in the count. It has been shown that alcohol compliance checks help reduce violations, such as selling alcohol to minors and that helps to reduce the problems that come with underage drinking. This is one of many strategies being implemented in the community to reduce youth access to alcohol.

The Livingston County Community Alliance wants want to thank the following establishments, whose employees refused to sell to a minor. These included retailers from:

Brighton: Rite Aid, Aldi, Target, Shell, CVS #8111, Marathon, 7-Eleven, 23 Place Liquor, Midway, Woodland Party Store, Meijer, Beverage Cellar, and the Sunoco and Mobil in Fenton.

Fowlerville: Compliant retailers from Fowlerville include: Marathon, Grand Nickel, Shell, Sav-On, Mobil, and O’Connors.

Hamburg: The compliant retailers from Hamburg include: Village Liquor Store, CVS, and Marathon.

Hartland it is: Meijer, Walgreens, Hill Top, Mugg & Bopps, Speedway, Tony Saccos, Kroger, Walgreens #10499, BP Gas.

Howell: Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, CVS #8308, Mugg & Bopps, Mobil, Rite Aid #04420, M-19 Liquor Store, Shell, O’Connor’s, CVS, CVS #8046, Sunoco, BP, Walgreens, Target, Marathon/Mugg & Bopps, Kroger, Reem’s Mini Mart, Jonna’s Market, Eagle Express, 7-Eleven, Mobil, Middletown Market, Whistle Stop, VG’s, On the Go, USA to Go, and Marathon. In

Pinckney: BP/Smokers Outlet, Dollar General, Rite Aid, Busch’s, Village Liquor Store, Sunoco, and Kroger. In Whitmore Lake: Marathon, BP, and Mugg & Bopps.

In 90.3 percent of attempts, the employee of the establishment followed the law and checked for identification. This is a significant improvement from one year ago. In each case, the minor was between the ages of 18-20 years of age and was accompanied by a Michigan State Trooper.

However, there are serious legal consequences for employees who sell alcohol to a minor. Penalties for anyone convicted of furnishing alcohol to a minor include a $500. fine, possible jail time and/or community service. Additionally, a person supplying alcohol to a minor who dies as a direct result of their consumption of alcohol is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and or a fine of $5,000.

The LCCA encourages all establishments to always be diligent in training their employees to never sell alcohol to a minor and to always request identification from persons attempting to purchase alcohol. We would like to thank all of the retailers in Livingston County who do not sell to minors and help us to prevent underage drinking.

For further information, contact Megan Palmer, Coordinator of the Livingston County Community Alliance at (517) 545-5944 or meganp@livingstoncatholiccharities.org.

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