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Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors
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Idaho businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

The Idaho State Police says an alcohol age compliance check in north-central Idaho over the weekend resulted in 9.46% of the businesses failing to comply with the state law.

ISP's Alcohol Beverage Control, with the assistance of the Lewiston and Moscow Police Departments, conducted checks on Friday and Saturday nights at 74 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Nez Perce, Latah, Clearwater, Lewis, and Idaho counties.

"Working with plainclothes and uniformed officers, underage youths entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase alcoholic beverages. Sixty-seven businesses refused to sell to our underage buyers. The efforts of these responsible businesses and their employees are commended," according to a press release.

Seven of the businesses sold alcohol to a minor. "Some of these failures occurred after sales people asked for and received the underage person's identification, which clearly showed the date of birth and the date the underage person is to turn 21 years of age and still sold or served alcohol to the underage person," ISP states. In other cases, ID was not asked for.

Misdemeanor citations were issued in these cases and they have been referred to the appropriate prosecuting attorney's office.

"ABC conducts underage compliance checks not only to ensure that minors do not have access to alcohol, but also to bring awareness to the dangers associated with underage drinking," according to ISP Sgt. Rocky Gripton. "As the weather warms up teens are attending proms and end of the school celebrations and we want these celebrations to be remembered as happy times and not marred by the tragedy that too often comes from underage drinking."

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