Wednesday, September 3, 2014
It is “Back to School” time again. As everyone prepares to begin school or college, The 15th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) is also preparing to keep kids safe.
AET has increased enforcement by conducting more alcohol compliance check operations in Georgetown County and Horry counties.
Over 400 retailers in the both counties, were checked during last school year with an average of 86 percent of them being compliant with the state law.
It is the goal of AET to achieve a 100 percent compliance rate which means, no citations written for selling alcohol to minors.
Merchants are reminded that the legal age to purchase, possess or consume alcohol is 21 years old and are asked to be vigilant in checking ID’s.
All clerks and servers should be verifying ID’s and be alert to the signs of a potential purchaser to ensure they aren’t purchasing for someone underage.
As our youth return to school, parents, guardians, teachers, adults, and family members are also reminded that it is illegal to provide alcohol to minors.
For more information on educational classes for clerks and servers to better ID patrons or for information for parents to become more aware of teenage trends, contact:
Elizabeth Clark, AET Coordinator 843-365-8884 ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.