BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Stores caught selling to underage teens is a huge problem especially during the holidays.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) sat down with local businesses that have permits with the state Wednesday hoping to cut down on underage sales.
ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert said they have been holding meetings across the state. The agency also rolled out new programs that encourage bars to follow the rules.
Leaders say it is about getting ahead of the problem before it gets out of hand.
"The last thing we want this holiday season is somebody to get hurt or get killed from alcohol, and so we want to be in front of it," said Hebert. "We want to be proactive about it, and these are the guys. These are the retailers and the whole sellers that we deal with at ATC."
Nearly 15,000 businesses got a permit from the ATC last year.