On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Meagher County Sheriff’s Office Conducted Alcohol Sales Compliance Checks on alcohol outlets in Meagher County.
Alcohol compliance checks are a type of prevention that deters alcohol outlets from selling alcohol to underage youth. Law enforcement officials supervise undercover youth who attempt to purchase alcohol; if the attempt is successful, the establishment is penalized. The undercover youth has a valid Montana Driver’s license that shows his real age. There is no attempt to deceive the servers. When/if asked for identification, the undercover youth would present his valid Montana Driver’s License. The undercover youth is trained by the State of Montana on how to properly conduct compliance checks. These same compliance checks are conducted throughout the year in almost every county in Montana.
There are currently 16 licensed alcohol outlets in Meagher County. During this operation, 11 businesses were checked, 2 were found to be not in compliance. This compliance rate is a good indicator of how well our local businesses are working with us to combat underage drinking.
The employees who sold alcohol to the underage buyers were subsequently issued a citation for MCA 16-3-301 for Unlawful Sales/Transfer to a Person under 21 years of age.
The following businesses passed the compliance check:
2 Basset Brewery, White Sulphur Springs
Mathis Market, White Sulphur Springs
Townpump, White Sulphur Springs
Cougar Merc, White Sulphur Springs
Castle Mtn Grocery, White Sulphur Springs
Montana Roadhouse, White Sulphur Springs
Mint Bar, Martinsdale
Crazy Mountian Inn, Martinsdale
Checkerboard Bar, Checkerboard
The businesses that failed the compliance check were:
The Lane Bar, White Sulphur Springs
Ringling Bar, Ringling
5 alcohol outlets were not checked because they were either closed or were alerted to the presence of the undercover youth.
Businesses that serve alcohol are required to attend Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training to learn about checking ID’s and Montana’s liquor laws and liability.
The businesses and employees who successfully passed the compliance check deserve well-earned congratulations for their diligence in preventing alcohol sales to underage purchasers.