In an effort to crack down on underage drinking, law enforcement officers checked 204 businesses last Thursday and Friday. Sixteen of the outlets sold alcohol to a minor.
Of those 16, five didn't check ID's. The rest did.
The wave of compliance checks covered Douglas and Sarpy County. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says the project's timing is no coincidence.
"As people celebrate the prom and graduation season and college students begin coming home for the summer, it is critical that laws related to underage drinking are enforced," says Lieutenant Rob Jones. "We remain committed to enforcing the underage drinking laws to ensure the safety of our young people."
Repeat violators for selling alcohol to minors include the following:
·Hy-Vee Gas 3, 8829 W Center Road (2009; 2014)
·Knights of Columbus Hall, 205 Industrial Dr. (2008; 2014)
·Veterans Disabled American 2, 4515 F Street (2001; 2009; 2014)
·Winchester Bar, 7002 "Q" Street (1996; 1997; 2009; 2014)
·Cubby's, 15625 CW Hadan Dr. (1997; 1998; 1999; 2014)
None of the above violations fall under the Liquor Control Commission's 4-year look back period for enacting penalties. Violations of the businesses listed above will likely be treated as first-time offenses.
To report underage drinking or adults providing alcohol to minors, call 1-866-Must-B-21 (687-8221). It's anonymous. When witnessing an underage drinking party in progress, call 911.
The agencies involved in this month's compliance checks were the Bellevue Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, La Vista Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Omaha Police Department and Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.
This year's figure is down from the checks in December 2013, when 11-percent of the outlets sold to minors.