Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission cracking down on businesses selling alcohol to minors


SAN ANTONIO - The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is making sure stores are checking your IDs before you purchase alcohol.

"Our retailers need to understand that they need to be vigilant when someone is purchasing alcohol in their establishment," said lieutenant Raul Albert Salinas with the TABC.

Salinas said more people will travel through San Antonio to get to their Spring Break location, which is why they sent in volunteers under the age of 18 to see if more than 120 liquor stores would sell to them.

"The people we are using aren't 21 and it's rather obvious when you look at them they are young people," Salinas said.

Ten locations did sell to the minors last Friday and Saturday, including grocery chains like H-E-B and Sprouts. That's twice as many as last year's Spring Break sting.

"It's a public safety issue," Salinas said.

Nearly a 1,000 people were killed by DUI drivers in 2016 and Salinas believes that number could come down if the crackdown continues on liquor stores selling to minors.

"A lot of times there is a correlation," Salinas said. "They continue to make bad decisions and they get behind the wheel of a car."

At the end of the day Salinas does not want to issue a citation to stores at all.

"We want our retailers to succeed," Salinas said. "We want them to have a profitable March and a profitable spring but we want to make sure we want them to be vigilant."

A store that sold alcohol to a minor would have to pay $2,400 or stop selling alcohol for eight days for a first-time offense. The cashier can also be charged with a misdemeanor.

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