Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Compliance checks work if there is an onging, consistent program

GCASA has collaborated with local law enforcement since 2001 in Genesee County and 2006 in Orleans County to perform alcohol compliance checks.

In 2006-2007, a total of 112 establishments in both counties were visited with a compliance rate of 89.3%.

In 2007-2008, a total of 138 establishments were visited with a compliance rate of 76%.

From January to September 2009, 121 establishments were visited with a compliance rate of 93.1%.

The large decrease in compliance in 2007-2008 is believed to be a result of a lack of consistency in conducting compliance checks. A murder in each county temporarily took manpower away from conducting the checks. As a result, establishments did not believe compliance checks were being done and became lax about checking for proper identification. As compliance checks have become more consistent, the compliance rates have greatly increased. If area businesses know they are being monitored, they are more vigilant about properly training staff and asking for identification to purchase alcohol.

Thanks to Shannon Ford, CPP, compiling this data.

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