Jackson area law enforcement checking alcohol sales to minors

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JACKSON CO., Mich (WLNS) – Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is the goal of efforts by law enforcement teams this summer in Jackson County.

The agencies, working with the Jackson County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, are checking local retailers to make sure they aren’t selling alcohol to underage people.

Matthew Heins with the Jackson Police Department says “We do compliance checks both to remind retailers of the law and to enforce it where necessary. Our goal is to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors, helping keep them safe and our community secure.”

A compliance check is done when an underage individual, working with a law enforcement officer, attempts to buy alcohol at a retail business.

If the employee making the sales doesn’t verify the person’s age and sells to the the minor, both the employee and business will be cited.

Selling alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor and could result in fines or even losing a liquor license.

Heins says the checks aren’t intended to trap retailers but to encourage them to make sure employees know and follow the law relating to checking the age of someone attempting to buy alcohol.

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