Alcohol compliance checks performed in Fulton County in early May showed just one business not compliant. Seven Fulton County businesses were checked for illegal liquor sales by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This countywide sweep resulted in six instances in which minors were denied the sale of alcohol and only one instance of minors being served alcohol.
During the compliance checks, a trained informant under the age of 21 attempts to purchase alcohol while an officer waits in an outside area away from view of those inside the store. The purpose of the checks is to ensure that local retailers with liquor licenses are requiring proper identification and selling alcohol only to those age 21 and older, in compliance with the law.
This round of checks shows the percentage of compliance at 95 percent is in line with checks from the results of the 2014 winter checks that also found 95 percent compliant. These percentages of compliance are the highest seen in the county during the past three years.
“While these results are very good, our goal is still to see 100 percent compliance. Any establishment selling to someone underage is concerning,” said Keith Torbet, Wauseon Police Chief and Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) member.
In order to help retail establishments comply with Ohio’s laws, HC3 works with OIU to bring the Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) Program to Fulton County. This voluntary training is provided at least yearly in Fulton County. Often, this training is replicated in Fulton County several times during the year as requested.
The ASK training provides instruction on laws pertaining to the sale and/or consumption of alcohol and tobacco, false identification and penalties for those found in violation. These training sessions are free and recommended to any business that sells alcohol or tobacco.
Additionally, any community festival organizers and volunteers who may selling alcohol in a “beer tent or garden” setting are encouraged to attend to ensure compliance with Ohio laws. The next training will be held Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fulton County Administration Building, 152 S Fulton St., in the second floor conference room.
Registration to the program is required. Contact Beth at 419-337-0915 for additional information and to register.
During the spring round of compliance checks, the following retailers were compliant with these laws:
Stop by Mart, 84-86 Dodge St.
Swanton Sports Center, 610 N. Main St.
Toledo 76, 102 E. Airport Highway.
Lassus Handy Dandy #556, 104 W. Airport Highway.
Dollar General, 773 N. Shoop Ave.
Valero, 1200 N. Shoop Ave.
One business was not compliant and was issued a citation on-site for sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21. As part of the citation, the employee making the sale was also charged with sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.
The business location that was cited was Kroger, 113 E. Airport Highway.
Torbet said he, “would like to thank those businesses that were compliant during this round of checks and for their commitment to the well-being of our young people.”
HC3, an initiative of the Fulton County Family and Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to reduce underage substance use including alcohol, marijuana and tobacco in Fulton County. To become a member of the HC3, or for more information, visit the website at www.HC3Partnership.org or call Beth Thomas at 419-337-0915.