Chief Bryan Arnold reports that the Lebanon Police Department, in cooperation with the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, will be conducting compliance checks this summer of retailers licensed to sell alcohol within the city limits of Lebanon. Officers will focus on potential violations of Missouri’s youth alcohol laws, which prohibit the sale of alcohol products to persons under 21 years of age.
Violations of Missouri’s youth alcohol laws can result in citations against the seller for sale of alcohol to a minor and the retail location can also be cited civilly for the violation. Retailers and their employees are the first line of defense in the battle against underage alcohol use.
The Lebanon Police Department is committed to enforcing laws meant to prevent underage drinking. According to the Center for Disease Control alcohol is the most used and abused drug among youth in the United States and excessive drinking is responsible for more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth each year.
“As always, we are seeking compliance through education and cooperation and are hoping all of our businesses are found to be operating in compliance with the law,” Arnold said. “Keeping our youth safe is a community wide responsibility that we are proud to be part of.”
To report potential violations of these laws, contact the Lebanon Police Department at (417) 532-3131.