Only two Fulton County businesses sold alcoholic beverages to an underage informant in a recent compliance check.
The Ohio Investigative Unit, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County conducted alcohol compliance checks between April 16 and July 30.
A trained informant, under the legal age limit of 21, attempted to purchase alcohol at 30 Fulton County businesses. Of those 30, 28 refused the sale.
The two businesses that did not comply with Ohio law concerning sale to minors were Circle K, Fayette, and Valero, Wauseon. The businesses and the employees who handled the illegal sale were issued citations by the OIU.
Three Archbold businesses– Circle K, Archbold SuperValu, and Archbold Main Stop– were tested, and found compliant, as was the C&J Carryout, Fayette.
Compliance checks conducted in 2008 and 2009 indicated an average of 32% of businesses were out of compliance with the law. The 2010 figure is 7% non-compliance.
“While we are pleased with the results, we would like to see 100% compliance. Any establishment selling to someone underage is concerning,” said Sharon Morr, vice chairman of the Partnership.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free Fulton County, an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to prevent and reduce youth use of alcohol and other drugs.