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ABC News Release                                                                                                                      Contact: Nathan Jones

Frankfort, KY (Aug. 8, 2007)  – The percentage of alcohol retailers found to sell only to customers of legal age has reached an all-time high, the Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced today.

That is the conclusion from data collected through the ABC Enforcement Division’s Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT).  As part of OZT, ABC investigators check licensed retail establishment to ensure that they are not selling alcohol products to underage customers.  Data from the checks is used to calculate a compliance percentage.  The compliance rate, which has increased steadily in Kentucky, reached an all-time high of 88 percent for Fiscal year 2007, which ended June 30. The rate for the previous year was 82 percent.

 “This record compliance is the result of the excellent teamwork and dedication of our Enforcement Division and our Education Branch,” said Chris Lilly, ABC’s executive director. “Through our Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (S.T.A.R.), we are giving servers and sellers the tools they need to follow the law, rather than only citing them when they make an illegal sale.  Furthermore, our investigators not only issue citations, but engage in education with licensees, which is a major factor in improving compliance.”

Kentucky was also recognized for its high compliance rates at the recent National Leadership Conference conducted by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice Department of Prevention.

“I’m delighted that compliance rates continue to rise in Kentucky,” said Tim LeDonne, commissioner of the Department of Public Protection. “It validates our approach of partnering with the businesses that we regulate to help them comply with laws that protect the public. We believe strongly that most businesses are fully committed to voluntarily following such regulations. Our role is to clarify those regulations as needed and, in the rare cases where a business chooses not to comply, take the necessary enforcement actions.”

For more information about OZT or the S.T.A.R. program, visit
http://abc.ky.gov or call 502-564-4850.

ABC is an agency of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

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