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.
“We know that underage drinking leads to increased risks of sexual assault, impaired driving and long-term addiction, so we, as a community, need to do everything in our power to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors,” said Sharon Kruk, executive director of The Coalition Inc. “Minor stings are a proven method for curbing the sale of alcohol to minors, and The Coalition is proud to partner with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department and TABC to provide enforcement that ultimately will help to keep the kids in our community safer.”
During the January and February minor sting operations, there were three stores who sold to minors and fifteen 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:
CVS, 1204 E Lufkin Avenue;
Big’s, 612 South Timberland Drive;
Big’s , 1902 South 1st Street;
Applebee’s, 4609 South Medford Drive;
Logan’s Roadhouse, 4201 South Medford Drive;
Chili’s Bar and Grill, 4115 South Medford Drive;
Buffalo Wild Wings, 105 Miles Way;
Café Del Rio, 2301 South Medford Drive;
Big’s, 103 N. John Redditt Drive;
Brookshire Brothers, 1807 W Frank Avenue;
Mexico Express, 1603 W Frank Avenue;
Guacamole’s Mexican Grill, 2660 Ted Trout Drive;
Lucky’s, 3385 Ted Tout Drive;
Dollar General, 2606 Highway 69 North; and
Big’s, 3644 Highway 69 North
Three businesses did sell to minors and administrative action was taken against the individuals who sold the alcohol:
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 4003 South Medford Drive Suite 500;
Pilot Travel Center, 1920 East Denman Avenue; and
Lufkin Truck Stop, 3889 Highway 69 North.
During the January minor alcohol sting, Pilot Travel Center sold alcohol to a minor but during a follow-up sting in February, they did not sell alcohol to a minor. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop sold alcohol to minors during both the January and February minor alcohol stings.
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.