BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner has good news about this past New Year's Eve celebrations.
Commissioner Troy Hebert says that agent patrols were doubled, and a larger percentage of businesses refused to sell booze to minors.
"I can tell you what ATC's doing. We're going out there and we're checking." Says Hebert, "We actually doubled the fine from $250 to $500 on the first offense."
Hebert says that he wants to send a message that if businesses sell tobacco or alcohol to minors, there will be consequences. Hebert's agency sent in 16 and 17-year-old operatives that some businesses sold to. 86 percent did not sell to the operatives, compared to 77 percent from last year.
Hebert notes that usually, a careless bartender, server, or cashier is to blame for alcohol and tobacco getting into the hands of minors.