Morehead City Store Clerks Tested In Underage Drinking Crackdown

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Law enforcement officials in the east are teaming up to crack down on underage drinking.

Monday and Tuesday law enforcement officers from more than a dozen departments in the east took part in the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program at the Morehead City Police Department. Undercover officers and underage volunteers did compliance checks at stores that sell alcoholic beverages. Officials say the underage volunteers are trained to be honest about their age if asked, show legal ID, and to walk out of the store without the alcohol if the cashier is willing to sell to them. Tuesday only one store clerk agreed to sell alcohol to an underage buyer.

No alcohol was sold and no charges were filed. These compliance checks were strictly audit based and meant to educate the community and train officers.

"It's been a tremendous asset to a number of communities across the country. Once they've implemented several of the strategies that we've been teaching the officers they've seen a dramatic decline in the availability of alcohol for their youth and they've seen a tremendous support for the efforts that they're doing,"said Agent Nancy McGee with the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

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  • by Hyporcritey on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:35 AM
    If it wasn't for the tax dollars it would be illegal to puchase alcohol and tobacca products. They both serve no purpose but to destroy people and their families. They might as well legalize pot. Most of the government and church folks talk out of both sides of their mouths.
  • by Things Have Changed on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    When I was 14 (1977), I use to ride my bike 5 miles to go to an old gas station in a run-down section of town. The sweet old black man that ran the place would sell wine to anybody. His gas pumps didn't work anymore and his mechanics services were minimal, so his main profit came from selling a few items like beer & wine to the immediate local residents. ..Funny thing is, I quit drinking by age 21.

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