Shoreline Behavioral Health to work with local businesses to cut down on underage drinking

CONWAY, S.C. (WBTW)- The 15th Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) and Shoreline Behavioral Health Services will work together to cut down on underage drinking.

Local law enforcement agencies from Horry and Georgetown County will be out conducting compliance checks to make sure alcohol retailers, and the community understands the importance of properly checking IDs and not selling to minors.

“Once it happens if there is no sell, we just move on to the next establishment. If there was a sale we will go in and write them a ticket,” Sadie Roy with the Alcohol Enforcement team said.

If a business is ticketed they are given information for a course with Shoreline where they will learn state laws, how to check IDs and what to look for.

The Alcohol Enforcement Team says its main goal is to reduce the amount of access teens have to alcohol and keep our community safe.

Something local liquor stores say they appreciate and work to accomplish as well. Al Aversano uses an identification machine for all purchases in his store near CCU.

“Well being close to the college here, I like to be 100% sure of who I’m selling to and it’s a full-time job. So it makes it a lot easier that everything goes through here and if it shows red, that persons out the door,” Aversano said.

In addition to the compliance checks, Shoreline will work with law enforcement on safety checkpoints and educational classes.

“This is really to keep the community safe. I mean drinking is a huge trend among youth. This is just to reinforce its not right and to save them from the repercussions that could come,” Roy added.

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