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Excise Officers Cite 12 Indy Businesses During Inspections

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Indiana State Excise Police officers cited 12 Indianapolis businesses during inspections Thursday.

Of 25 locations inspected, nearly half sold alcoholic beverages to a minor (see list of passes and failures below). That's substantially higher than the one in 20 that are normally willing to sell alcohol to minors during the inspections (average failure rate statewide is around 5%).

The Survey for Alcohol Compliance, or SAC, is conducted by the Indiana State Excise Police to evaluate the availability of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. It is only one of several initiatives of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission to reduce underage access to and use of alcoholic beverages.

Inspections consist of excise officers and trained 18-20 year-olds who attempt to obtain alcohol at licensed retail establishments. Conducted in phases, the primary goal is to reduce access and availability of alcoholic beverages to Indiana youth.

The enforcement phase of SAC commenced July 1, 2009. Each year, excise officers inspect nearly 10,000 alcoholic-beverage businesses to determine compliance with laws related to selling alcohol to minors.

"The Survey for Alcohol Compliance is crucial to the Excise Police role as a public safety agency," Superintendent Matt Strittmatter said. "A hallmark to our mission is to ensure that minors are prohibited from purchasing alcoholic beverages from retail establishments."

"We have seen an increase in the number of persons under the age of 21, who have had dangerously high blood alcohol levels, which jeopardizes their safety and the safety of their respective communities. Keeping alcohol out of the hands of Indiana youth remains one of our top priorities," Strittmatter said.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana's Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.

All criminal and administrative-law defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Survey for Alcohol Compliance Inspections Thursday, January 17, 2013

Failed Inspections and Cited:

TGI Fridays, 6915 W. 38th Street
Fireman's Raceway Pub, 9104 W. Crawfordsville Road
Liquors Unlimited #1, 7010 Shore Terrace Village Liquors #6, 9910 East 38th Street Stafford Liquors #4, 3463 West 16th Street Payless Liquors, 3739 N. Shadeland Avenue Community Spirits #13, 1610 W. Michigan Street Liquor Cabinet #3, 3374 W. Michigan Street Hoosier Mart 3813, N. Mitthoeffer Road Clermont Liquor Store, 8804 Crawfordsville Road Depot Liquors #2, 8069-71 E. 38th Street Village Pantry #569, 3760 N. Franklin Road

Passed Inspections:

JD's Pub at Shore Terrace, 6920 Eagle Highlands Way Main Event, 7038 Shore Terrace Rick's Boatyard Café, 4050 Dandy Trail Marsh, 6965 W. 38th Street Target, 6925 W. 38th Street Community Spirits, 2862 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street Crown Liquors, 645 W. 11th Street Community Spirits, 1008 W. 16th Street Community Spirits, 2951 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue Community Spirits, 3744 E. 30th Street Community Spirits, 2975 N. Arlington Avenue Mister C Discount Liquor Shack, 8801 E. 38th Street Liquor Cabinet, 4201 N. Post Road

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