Alcohol Compliance Checks were conducted on November 19, 2022 as a result of the collaborative effort of Gering Police Department, Nebraska State Patrol, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office and Scottsbluff Police Department. Seventeen (17) law enforcement officers and thirteen (13) cooperative individuals participated in checking 77 businesses in Scotts Bluff County where five (5) businesses were found non-compliant. Three of the five businesses checked the driver’s license and continued to sell alcohol to the minors.
“This is very disheartening to see that this is the highest non-compliant rate that we have seen in many years. In addition to this, businesses still sell to minors, even though the driver’s licenses were checked. There is continued alcohol server training available almost each month in Scotts Bluff County. The first question that each server/seller of alcohol is to ask is to see the driver’s license,” states Lanette Richards with Monument Prevention. “With the holidays coming upon us in the next couple of months, we need to have alcohol license establishments to be diligent in keeping alcohol out of the hands of our youth.”
The following businesses that failed the alcohol compliance checks were: Cigarette Chain, Git N Split, Maverick, Main Street Wine and Spirits, and Cobblestone Hotel and Suites.
“It’s clear from the results that the majority of the businesses in Scotts Bluff County abide by the law and refuse to sell to minors,” said Sgt. Philip Eckerberg, Scottsbluff Police Department, “but there are still a few businesses that violate the law and put our youth at risk.” Of the five businesses that failed, Cigarette Chain and Git N Split have prior violations on record with the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission from the Spring 2022 compliance checks.
Heightened efforts to prevention of underage drinking tragedies are underway for the holiday season. Concerned citizens who suspect an underage drinking party or an adult providing alcohol to a minor are encouraged to call the statewide underage drinking tip line at 1-866-MUST-B-21 (1-866-687-8221). It’s anonymous, and it’s the right call. If you see an underage drinking party in progress, call 911 immediately.
This project was funded in whole or in part under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Grant through the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services and Region 1 Behavioral Health Authority.