Alcohol Compliance Sales Checks– Fall 2015

The high school football season brings memorable events for young people including homecoming games and related dances and parties. Unfortunately, with these events also come concerns about underage drinking.

Throughout the homecoming season, businesses throughout Lake County saw teens entering their stores attempting to purchase alcohol. This was part of a county-wide effort to continue promoting positive practices by stores and restaurants that sell alcohol. Law enforcement agencies worked with local groups and young adults to see if they could purchase alcohol with identification that showed they were under 21.

“Consistency from community to community and monitoring underage drinking issues will help us be successful in addressing this problem and saving lives. Our desire is to see 100% compliance, but it is refreshing to see the majority of businesses realize the seriousness of this issue and did not sell alcohol to the underage participants.” commented Bruce Johnson, Chairman of the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force.
Departments that participated in the recent compliance checks include:
   Community                  Checks           Violations
Buffalo Grove 18 1
Deerfield 10 2
Grayslake Hainesville 12 0
Gurnee 41 2
Highland Park 11 4
Kildeer 5 1
Lake Forest 16 0
Lake Zurich 19 2
Lincolnshire 18 2
Mundelein 13 0
Riverwoods 3 2
Vernon Hills 47 2
Total 213 18
Failure Rate 8.5%

Sale of alcohol to a person under 21 years of age is illegal under local and State laws and is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, fine or probation.

Liquor compliance checks are part of an initiative by the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force which was formed to combine the efforts of the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lake County After School Coalition in the prevention of underage consumption of alcohol. This group is made up of a diverse group of citizens including community members, parents, law enforcement personnel and other professionals interested in preventing underage drinking.