Grant assists in fight against underage drinking
VIDALIA, La. (WNTZ) - The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco (ATC) has awarded the city of Vidalia a $4,000.00 sub-grant to compensate Vidalia police officers conducting operations to identify permit holders who are illegally selling alcohol to minors, announced by ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert. A main goal of the ATC is to monitor and eradicate purchasing and consumption of alcohol by underage patrons.
ATC is awarded a recurring grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to conduct both uniform and undercover patrols at High School sporting events and during various festivals throughout the year to monitor and issue citations to violators. “Possessing an alcoholic beverage permit is a privilege and I want to ensure that all permit holders are operating in a responsible and legal manner”, said Hebert.
Along with providing funds to pay Vidalia Police Officers for over-time compliance checks during high risk hours, the grant will also help to fund enforcement operations to monitor underage drinking during routine inspections and during various festivals, concerts and parades. “I feel it is important for ATC to support our local Police Departments in curtailing sales of alcohol to minors”, states Commissioner Hebert.