In an effort to decrease the dangers and consequences of alcohol purchased by minors in our county, The Coalition, Inc. has partnered with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC) to conduct alcohol stings. Under the direct supervision of law enforcement officers, juveniles under the legal age to drink/purchase alcohol are used as decoys to enter businesses that are licensed to sell alcohol and then attempt to purchase alcohol.
“The adults in our community have the responsibility to make sure minors can’t purchase alcohol from our retail stores,” says Sharon Kruk, Executive Director of The Coalition, Inc. “Our partnership with TABC and the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department will allow for random stings throughout the next year, so we hope that retail establishments will educate their clerks on the consequences of selling alcohol to minors. Ultimately, our goal is to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors and keep them safe.”
During a November minor sting operation, there was one store who sold to a minor and nine who did not. We commend those stores who did not sell alcohol to minors in our community and recognize them for helping to combat underage drinking:
* Huntington Travel Center, 191 Highway 69 in Huntington;
* On the Road, 2909 East Denman Avenue;
* Kwick Check, 2215 East Denman Avenue;
* Adeel’s, 203 South Timberland Drive;
* M & B, 708 North Raguet Street;
* 7 Star, 811 Kurth Drive;
* Family Dollar, 1115 Kurth Drive;
* Brookshire Brothers Express, 6925 Highway 69 North in Pollok; and
* Lucky’s, 1707 N John Redditt Drive.
One business did sell to a minor and administrative action was taken against the individual who sold the alcohol:
* 69 Kountry Store, Highway 69 North in Pollok.
Sale to a minor is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement up to a year in jail, or both. Persons 21 or older (other than a parent or guardian) can be held liable for damages caused by intoxication of a minor under 18 if the adult knowingly provided alcoholic beverages to a minor or knowingly allowed the minor to be served or provided alcohol beverages on the premises owned by or leased by the adult.
Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. For more information on how to help prevent underage drinking, contact The Coalition at 936-634-9308.
- Ezra McMullin is a content and social media producer at MSGPR and attends Angelina College. He unwinds after a long day by playing XBox, telling himself he'll just play one more level before bed.