Agents with the state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control found fewer business selling alcohol and tobacco products to underage customers during a recent Mardi Gras crackdown, as compared with a similar crackdown in 2014.
Follow this link for a list of businesses cited for underage sales.
Compliance checks were conducted at 860 businesses in seven parishes from Feb. 2 to Feb. 16, resulting in 149 citations issued for alcohol and tobacco sales to underage customers, a 17 percent violation rate. The crackdown in 2014 resulted in a 33 percent violation rate.
“Obviously, alcohol is a big part of Mardi Gras, and it’s great news to see that more and more businesses and servers are selling and serving it responsibly,” ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said.
The checks, mostly using 16- and 17-year-old undercover operatives, were conducted in the following parishes:
• Jefferson: 68 checks, 18 sales (26 percent sold)
• Rapides: 98 checks, 12 sales (12 percent sold)
• Orleans: 223 checks, 27 sales (12 percent sold)
• West Baton Rouge: 60 checks, 7 sales (12 percent sold)
• East Baton Rouge: 127 checks, 13 sales (10 percent sold)
• Lafayette: 182 checks, 10 sales (5 percent sold)
• St. Tammany: 108 checks, 4 sales (4 percent sold)
In the 2014 crackdown, the East Baton Rouge violation rate was 56 percent, the Lafayette Parish rate was 20 percent and the Orleans Parish rate was 30 percent.