The Newport Police Department will be conducting alcohol sales compliance checks from May 7 through May 19. During these checks underage decoys will attempt to buy alcohol from business licensed by the State of Oregon, and monitored by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), and local law enforcement officers.
In accordance with national standards and requirements, a review committee of local business owners, the Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (PAADA), and the Newport Police Department selected five “decoys” that look their age (18 years) or younger. Sale of alcohol to a “decoy”, without checking proper identification to determine his/her legal age, does not comply with Oregon law.
The businesses involved with the selection represent hotel/resorts, taverns/pubs, and convenience stores, all of which sell alcohol. This compliance check is conducted in an effort to work openly with suppliers of alcohol, while combating the growing problem of underage drinking.