Officers Training on Underage Drinking Enforcement See 'Perfect Night'
By Homa Bash
Police officers from Broken Arrow, Sapulpa, Vinita and Muskogee are being trained on underage drinking enforcement operations this week.Senior Agent Erick Smoot with the Oklahoma ABLE Commission said it was a "perfect night," with none of the 12 establishments visited during field-training selling alcohol to minors.The places include a variety of bars, restaurants, liquor stores and convenience stores. No citations were written."Last year was about 80 percent compliant, and we'd like to see higher than that," Smoot said. "That still means 20 percent of businesses sold to minors."ABLE conducts the two-day training about four times a year, as more officers come in and others switch from different positions. It includes alcohol compliance checks, fake ID enforcement and breaking up parties in a controlled manner."We begin with basic alcohol laws, so they know what those are, and then we get into specifics," Smoot said.According to the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE), underage drinking cost the State of Oklahoma $831 million dollars in 2010. Training will continue in Broken Arrow on Tuesday.
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