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Published: Wednesday, 4/6/2005

Sylvania: Alcohol sales will be checked

BY MIKE JONES
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Sylvania city and township police soon will work together in sending minors to stores and restaurants that sell alcohol to see if the establishments will sell to them.

Frank Arvay, administrative lieutenant for the township police, said the program will be in effect for a few months as the year heads toward high school proms and graduations.

"It's the time of year where we usually see the most problems," he said.

Mr. Arvay said no places in particular are being targeted, but that the program will check businesses randomly through the community.

Any sales to minors, he said, will result in a citation against the individual who makes the sale and against the business.

He said the Sylvania Community Action Team has scanners that can check and verify driver's licenses for loan to businesses.

Deb Chany, the head of SCAT, said her organization is working with police and area businesses to cut down the opportunities minors have for obtaining alcohol.

The scanners were purchased with grant money and allow users to swipe a license and the machine will verify the validity of the identification, she said.

Ms. Chany said some fake IDs look authentic, but the scanners can determine that they are counterfeit.

She said use of the scanners can be particularly helpful for younger or inexperienced clerks who might find it difficult to demand identification from some customers.

"It can give them confidence," she said.

Mr. Chany added that there are a lot of different ways for minors to get alcohol and working with stores only addresses one source.

"But it is another roadblock," she said, and maybe the one they need to stop and think about alcohol use.

SCAT will also schedule a training session for employees of stores and restaurants that sell alcohol to teach them the law and how to determine to whom they may sell.

Contact Mike Jones at:

mjones@theblade.com

or 419-7246096



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