Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Makes the Rounds for Compliance Checks

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 12, 2009  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones
502-564-4850
 


FRANKFORT, KY (Nov. 12, 2009) – Investigative aides working undercover for the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) made eight sales to minor violations out of the 95 businesses checked during Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT) compliance checks in the week ending Nov. 7, 2009.

The program, OZT, checks retailer compliance by enlisting 18 to 20-year-old investigative aides who attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages at licensed premises throughout the state.  If a sale is made during the check, the employee is immediately cited to district court and the licensee is charged administratively.   OZT checks are made possible through funding by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the program is recognized as a “Best Practice.”

“Compliance checks made through the OZT program ensures that businesses are complying with state law regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages,” said ABC Commissioner Tony Dehner. “Enforcement efforts in the OZT program are directed toward the owners and employees of businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages who may carelessly or intentionally sell alcohol to minors.”

The OZT checks completed during the previous week include:

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009

  • 13 OZT compliance checks at businesses in Paintsville, and Johnson and Floyd counties resulted in no violations.
  • 15 OZT compliance checks in downtown Louisville resulted in three sales to minors at Wiltshire on 636 E. Market St., Whits Liquors at 667 S. 15th St., and West Main Street Liquors at 1901 W. Main St.
  • 11 OZT compliance checks in Taylor and Marion counties resulted in no violations.
  • 15 OZT compliance checks in Morehead and Rowan County resulted in one sale to minor at the Morehead Shell station at 410 Flemingsburg Rd. in Morehead.


Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

  • 10 OZT compliance checks in Boyle and Pulaski counties resulted in two sales to minors from restaurants in Pulaski County: one at the El Taxco Mexican Restaurant Bar & Grill and one at the El Azul Grande No. 6.
  • 13 OZT compliance checks in Carroll and Gallatin counties resulted in one sale to minor at Love’s Truck Stop in Sparta.
  • 18 OZT compliance checks in Fayette County resulted in one sale to minor made from the Lexington Movie Tavern, 133 N Locust Hill Dr.
  •  ABC currently has 28 sworn officers dedicated to enforcing the alcoholic beverage laws that are on the books. In Kentucky, there is a 94 percent compliance rate among Kentucky businesses licensed to sell alcohol in the state.

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