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Drop in Underage Alcohol Sales in Indiana Follows Strict ID Law


Following the institution of an Indiana law requiring anyone buying and carrying out alcohol to show identification, regardless of their age, state inspectors report fewer of the state’s liquor stores, bars and restaurants are selling alcohol to those under 21. Under a recent revision to the law, store clerks are no longer required to ask customers for ID if they reasonably appear older than 40.

The law also requires certified training for servers, which includes how to spot fake IDs, instructions about not serving more alcohol to someone who is intoxicated, and the basics of the state’s alcohol laws.

The Associated Press reports that State Excise Police conducted more than 5,000 inspections in the first half of 2011, in which people ages 18 to 20 accompany officers and try to purchase alcohol. They found that 8.8 percent of bars and restaurants violated the law, as did 4.3 percent of liquor stores, compared with more than 40 percent in 2009.

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    Eleanor Kling / March 3, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Sure alcohol sales to teens have dropped..all they have to do is go in any Wal-Mart(specifically Portage IN) and stick it in their pants or purse. The alcohol isle is located far back by the bottled water! I couldn’t understand how my daughter was getting so wasted when i cut the cash off..Did I mention about 98% of the bottles DO NOT have anti theft caps on them!!! The head of security told me that Wal-Mart could’t afford to put caps on all the bottles! This was 2 years ago..gallons of Vodka and Rum on the shelves, they may as well put up an isle of cigarettes! I am disgusted! So you see there’s no need for fake ID’s , they have 5 fingers!!

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