Department Releases Results of Recent Liquor Compliance Operation in Windsor Locks
HARTFORD, February 25 – The Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division is reporting the results of a series of compliance checks it conducted in the town of Windsor Locks last week.
On Friday, February 21, state Liquor Control Agents partnered with officers from the Windsor Locks police Department to conduct compliance checks at nine permitted premises in Windsor Locks. They were assisted by a volunteer youth who had been trained and provided by the Governor's Prevention Partnership.
Of the nine locations tested, it is alleged that two sold alcohol to the minor. Those businesses that allegedly failed by selling to a minor are identified as:
· Elm Street Package Store, Elm Street
· On the Rocks, Spring Street, Suite C
“Compliance checks help us to identify businesses that are selling to minors, and we routinely conduct random checks in towns across the state,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said. “Our objective is to find businesses that knowingly or unknowingly sell alcohol to minors and bring them into compliance with state law.” However, he added, compliance checks are not intended to hurt local businesses.
“We do not try to trick or entice establishments to sell alcoholic beverages to youth,” Rubenstein said. “If asked for proof of age before making a liquor purchase, the volunteer youth will hand over his or her actual photo I.D.”
The two businesses have been charged with allegedly selling alcohol to a minor and will be brought before the Liquor Control Commission for an administrative hearing, at which time they will have an opportunity to address the charges.
The Department offers its appreciation to the Windsor Locks Police Department and the Governor’s Prevention Partnership for their support of these enforcement efforts.