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Potsdam Police: Initiative finds stores not selling alcohol to underage drinkers

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POTSDAM - The Potsdam Police Department conducted an Underage Alcohol Sales Compliance Check in the village of Potsdam Monday night.

Officers, with the assistance of underage agents of the police department, checked 12 businesses within the village.

The clerks at all 12 of the businesses checked turned away the underage agents without selling the alcohol to them.

The businesses checked that were checked for compliance with the Alcohol Beverage Control Law regarding the Prohibited Sale of Alcohol to Underage Persons were:

■ IGA, Elm Street

■ Kinney Drugs, Maple Street

■ Sugarcreek, Maple Street

■ Sugarcreek, Market Street

■ Stewarts, Market Street

■ Village Wines and Liquors, Main Street

■ T&R Wines and Liquors, Market Street

■ A-Plus, Market Street

■ Kinney Drugs, Market Street

■ Walgreen’s, Market Street

■ Price Chopper, Market Street

■ Parkway Express - Valero, Elm Street

“The fact that these stores turned away our underage agent and were also in compliance with the other Alcohol Beverage Control Laws is exactly what the Potsdam Police Department was hoping to see. Drinking by minors can lead to unintentional deaths and injuries to not only themselves, but innocent people. Also a considerable amount of the violence we see in the village by people under the age of 21 is alcohol related,” a release from the Potsdam Police Department said.

Police said the detail comex at a time underage alcohol related incidents in the village are on a rise.

These incidents, police said, range from the minor offenses of noise violations, open containers and underage possession of alcohol to offenses where the underage subjects could become injured such as disorderly conducts, assaults and incidents where the underage person is so highly intoxicated injuries or death could result.

“In the last month alone, police and rescue have been dispatched 10 times in Potsdam for highly intoxicated underage subjects, many of whom were found unconscious in need of medical attention due to their intoxication levels,” according to the release from the police department.

“Our ultimate goal with this detail is to minimize and stop the sale of alcoholic beverages to our youth in the community and diminish these types of incidents where injuries can occur,” they said.

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