Underage compliance blitz held in W.Va.

June 29, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Alcohol was sold twice to underage persons in Berkeley County and twice in Morgan County during an Alcohol Beverage Control Administration "blitz" last month during the prom and graduation season, according to an ABCA press release issued Tuesday.

No alcohol was sold to underage persons in Jefferson County, the release said.

Statewide, 249 compliance checks were performed, with eight in Berkeley County, seven in Jefferson County and eight in Morgan County.

Statewide, alcohol was sold 52 times to underage buyers, meaning roughly one attempt in five ended with alcohol illegally sold.

Each of the establishments that sold alcohol to underage persons will be fined, the release said.

It did not provide the names of the establishments.

ABCA officials plan to start an education campaign to help alcohol sellers and servers recognize underage IDs, the release said.

"This campaign will be followed by another Enforcement Blitz later in preparation for the upcoming school year," the release said.


Along with Jefferson County, no alcohol was sold to underage persons in the following counties: Braxton, Clay, Hancock, Lewis, Mineral, Monongalia, Ritchie and Tucker.

High rates of illegal sales occurred in Fayette County, where out of 17 compliance checks, alcohol was sold nine times; and in Mercer County, where out of seven compliance checks, alcohol was sold five times.

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