Alcohol Sales Sting in Rocklin
1 Clerk Cited in ABC-funded Operation
Rocklin Police Department cited a clerk for selling alcohol to a minor on June 20, 2012. The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which a minor under the direct supervision of Rocklin Police Officers, attempted to purchase alcohol from twenty (20) retail licensees in the City of Rocklin.
The clerk who sold to the minor faces a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation. In addition, the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) will take administrative action against the alcoholic beverage license of the business. That may include a fine, a suspension of the license, or the permanent revocation of the license.
The Rocklin Police Department regularly conductd compliance checks to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors. Statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.
Minor Decoy operations have been conducted by local law enforcement throughout the state since the 1980’s. When the program first began, the violation rate of retail establishments selling to minors was as high as 40 to 50 percent. When conducted on a routine basis, the rate has dropped in some cities to as low as 10 percent or, like Rocklin, even below 10%.
In 1994, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that use of underage decoys is a valid tool of law enforcement to ensure that licensees are complying with the law.
The Rocklin Police Department received a grant through ABC to fund these operations. These operations are part of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Minor Decoy / Shoulder Tap Grant Project, funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.