|SPRINGFIELD, IL (04-27-98) -- Illinois State Police Director Terrance W. Gainer today announced the results of the latest statewide enforcement action targeting the sale of alcohol to minors. Of the 251 establishments checked between April 17 and April 25, 68 sold alcohol to minors, for a compliance rate of 73 percent.|
"This shows improvement over our last statewide surveys on April 3 and April 4, when only 65 percent of the nearly 400 establishments we checked complied with the law," said Gainer. "But clearly, the fact that 13 establishments were repeat violators shows that the law prohibiting the sale of alcohol to minors needs more serious consideration by everyone involved."
The list of repeat offenders included:
Amoco 1300 West Main West Frankfort
Arcola Package Liquor 110 Springfield Arcola
Bar and Bait Shop US Route 30 & Moline Road Sterling
Biggies 3888 Route 161 Centralia
Casey’s General Store Elm & Main Streets Atwood
Casey’s General Store 219 East Mt. Vernon Street Metamora
Citgo 1104 West Main Street West Frankfort
Dave’s Party Pack 948 South West Olney
Lou & Mike’s Bar 2345 North Mannheim Road Melrose Park
Shell Station 1201 West Main West Frankfort
Wareco Phillips 66 411 Springfield Arcola
White Hen Pantry 8955 Potter Des Plaines
Pilot Oil Corp. Route 36 & I57 Tuscola
Gainer said the Illinois State Police and Illinois Liquor Control Commission Executive Director Arabel Alva Rosales sent a letter to all liquor commissioners in Illinois asking them to take strict action on establishments that sell alcohol to minors.
"If we are going to reduce alcohol-related tragedies, it will take a joint effort by everyone involved," Gainer said. "We are asking liquor commissioners to impose more severe penalties and sanctions on repeat offenders. We are also asking them to consider other alternatives, like community service and education programs."
Gainer also noted that his department and the Illinois Liquor Control Commission are forwarding an open letter to all retail liquor establishments in Illinois requesting their assistance in educating employees about their responsibility under the law. "Business owners can make a major contribution to public safety by refusing to sell alcohol to minors and by clearly instructing their employees not to," Gainer said.
At the same time, Gainer also announced the results of special patrols aimed at underage drinking. The patrols took place statewide between April 17 and April 25 and resulted in:
353 total citations 632 total warnings 22 DUI 52 drug/alcohol-related 6 possession of alcohol by minor 3 zero tolerance 83 speeding citations 149 speeding warnings 112 occupant restraint citations
"At this time of year, with all the proms, parties and warmer weather, the opportunities for teens to drink and drive are plentiful," said Gainer. "These enforcement details have a positive impact, but unless parents, schools, retailers, liquor commissions, and the teens themselves work together for safety, this spring season will almost certainly be marred by traffic fatalities. Together, by shouldering our share of the responsibility, we can make the highways safer for everyone," he concluded.