187 West Broad Street |
P.O. Box 1252
Spartanburg, SC 29304
IMPACT Coalition of Spartanburg offers a special opportunity for individuals and organizations to come together and work for public policy change regarding alcohol. This coalition has choosen to specifically address issues related to UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION.
Maybe you want to know HOW WE DO THAT?
Spartanburg County has formed an enforcement team made up of local law enforcement officers. This team of enforcement officials are called the TAC ( Tobacco Alcohol Compliance) Team.
One method that underage youth use to obtain alcoholic beverages is by purchasing it from retail establishments. Based on recent underage drinking data obtained from surveys of youth that admit consumption of alcoholic beverages, those surveyed stated that 10 percent of the time they obtain alcohol from retail outlets. These businesses can be on-premise establishments, such as bars and restaurants or off-premise stores such as convenience stores or "red dot" stores. At these locations, servers, clerks, and bartenders do not always ask for valid identification from the youth
Law enforcement conduct compliance checks to test the obedience with underage drinking laws that require retail personnel to check the buyer's age and not sell alcoholic beverages if the purchaser is less than 21 years old. They supervise an underage youth while he or she attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages from alcohol retail outlets. It should be noted these operations are not conducted so officers can write tickets or arrest the sellers but are meant to reduce underage youth access to alcohol.
Server/seller training educates merchants on their legal responsibilities as well as effective techniques for controlling sales to minors and to individuals who are intoxicated. This education is effective because it is used in conjunction with compliance checks. By the end of the training, participants will: