February 1 2016

Police to Conduct Alcohol Compliance Checks of Burlington Businesses

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Police will once again be working to ensure that minors are not sold alcohol in town. 


Chief Michael Kent said the department will be conducting alcohol compliance checks at local establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the upcoming months. 


“These periodic compliance checks are meant to prevent the illegal sale and consumption of alcohol to minors by ensuring that businesses are following the law,” Chief Kent said. “We sincerely hope that all of our license holders are found to be in compliance."


According to the release, lawful alcohol compliance checks are vital in ensuring that establishments obey the laws pertaining to the sale of alcohol, especially with regard to underage drinking. Alcohol consumption by minors has a profound effect on the community and is related to motor vehicle crashes, crime, poor performance in school, and a number of other behaviors that could have an adverse impact on the quality of life in town. 


It appears the checks and subsequent punitive measures enacted by the Board of Selectmen do make a difference. In 2014, nine restaurants failed the checks and all had their liquor license revoked for at least one day. In December of 2015 police announced that all the establishments checked had passed. 


“The Burlington Police Department would like to thank the community for their continued efforts and support,” the release states. 


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