More than 100 Baton Rouge-area businesses were cited by the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control this summer for selling alcohol and/or tobacco to minors, the agency said Tuesday in a news release.
ATC said it conducted 5,474 compliance checks during the agency’s 2015 summer crackdown and issued 821 citations. Of those citations, 460 were issued for alcohol sales to a minor and 361 were issued for tobacco sales to a minor.
About 15 percent of the businesses checked sold alcohol and/or tobacco to a minor. That figure aligns with previous years, the ATC said. Most of the minors used were 16 and 17 years old.
“We are not satisfied with a 15 percent non-compliance rate, but the good news is that 85 percent did the right thing. There is nothing good that can come out of selling alcohol or tobacco to a minor, and ATC will hold those that sold accountable,” ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said in the news release.
This is the third year Hebert has ordered ATC agents to increase the number of random compliance checks at alcohol and tobacco retail outlets statewide during the summer. Anyone caught selling or serving alcohol or tobacco products to minors are subject to criminal and/or administrative charges.
Businesses and servers face fines that range from $500 to $5,000, and penalties that could result in suspension or revocation of their alcohol and tobacco permits.