Only two of 30 Fulton County businesses failed to comply with the state’s alcohol sales law during a recent compliance check that ended July 31.
Two businesses were issued citations on-site for sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21. As part of the citation, the employees making the sale were also charged with sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.
Those cited were: Circle K, 200 E. Main St., Fayette, and Valero, 1200 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon.
The compliance check is conducted by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County.
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 non-compliance has decreased markedly over the past two years. Prior to conducting the 2010 checks, Fulton County businesses were averaging 32 percent non-compliance for 2008 and 2009.
“While we are pleased with the results, we would like to see 100 percent compliance,” said Sharon Morr, vice-chair of the Partnership.
Working with Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County, the OIU teaches the Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) Program to Fulton County liquor establishments. The ASK training provides instruction on laws pertaining to the sale and/or consumption of alcohol, false identification and penalties for those found in violation.
“We want to work with liquor license holders and their employees to make sure that they understand the laws to keep our residents safe,” said Raymond Rodriguez, OIU Agent-In-Charge and coalition member of the Partnership. “I don’t believe any business owner wants to see their employees provide alcohol to minors. The ASK program gives retailers the skills they need to obey the laws and keep our kids safer.”
During the recent round of checks, the following retailers were compliant with the law:
• Archbold: Circle K; Archbold Super Valu; Archbold Main Stop.
• Delta: Winchesters Restaurant and Saloon; Country Corral; Community Markets of Ohio; Speedway; Kwik Stop.
• Fayette: U.S. 20 Main Stop.
• Lyons: Lyons Main Stop: Village Mart; Willie’s Garage; Lyons Den.
• Metamora: T Mart; Brewsters Pourhouse; Farley’s Tavern.
• Wauseon: Circle K (two locations); Grasshopper El Chapulin; Certified Oil; Chief Supermarket; Continental Plaza Auto Wash; Circle K; Wal Mart Stores.