Coalition reports on underage sales checks
Last year, local organizers with Rethinkthedrink.org got the help of local police departments in putting together checks on stores to ensure they weren’t selling to minors.
In January, they released information on those checks - conducted in May and November 2015 - and found that five stores, including the Handy Andy - were in complete compliance with laws requiring no underage sales to minors.
Hi Tech Fuel, Ingles, Mapco and Kwick Serve were among the others that completely pass all four checks.
The checks - limited to the Rockmart area for now - sought to see if minors could purchase alcohol at local stores without having their IDs checked, or undercover actors posing as minors.
Stores that did not completely pass included Raceway, Smart Mart on Goodyear Ave., The Fast Food and Fuel Mapco on Cartersville Ave., Quick Stop on Atlanta Highway, D&K Easy Shop on East Elm Street, and Walmart.
Dr. Michael Carpenter from the Coalition to Preven the Misuse of Alcohol, said he was pleased so far with the results, but said more work has to be done to ensure all stores are checking IDs.
Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats, Deputy Jonathan Blackmon, and Handy Andy Convenience Store clerk.