LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Students across the state will soon be out of school for Spring Break. In an effort to lessen underage drinking during this time, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is launching a statewide campaign to identify retailers who sell alcohol to minors.
The agency says undercover TABC agents will go into establishments with minor-aged individuals to try to buy alcohol from the retailer. Retailers who sell alcohol to the underage person will be notified of the violation and any employees taking part in a sale will be cited for Class A misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor. Businesses found to be in violation could face TABC administrative action such as a fine or a temporary suspension of their license to sell alcohol. Repeat offenders could have their license revoked by the agency.
The stings will take place along popular travel corridors between Texas college or university campuses and the Texas Gulf Coast. TABC agents will also conduct undercover operations during the week of March 12-17 at South Padre Island and at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.
Prior to the stings, TABC will visit retailers to educate them about the planned operations and to give their employees a chance to review best practices related to safe alcohol sales.
During last year's Spring Break operations, TABC agents conducted 1,546 undercover inspections, finding 110 violations for a compliance rate of 93 percent. In total, the agency conducted a total of 10,796 undercover stings in the last 12 months, finding 1,176 violations.
Results for this year's Spring Break stings will be announced later in March.