Alcohol sting finds alarming results in Durant

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

DURANT -- An initiative designed to keep teens from buying alcohol is now costing local businesses.

Authorities have named it ‘Project Safe 21’, and many stores aren't making the grade.

Twelve out of twenty-seven convenience stores , grocery stores, restaurants and bars in Durant received an ‘F’ for Project Safe 21.

Last Thursday, the police used seven volunteers under the age of 21 to try to buy alcohol at area businesses, and twelve separate times those teens walked out beer in hand.

The police department says these stings happen often and warn businesses to check ID's on a regular basis or they will pay the fine.

Lieutenant Johnny Rutherford with the Durant Police Department says this should be a lesson not only to parents but the community as well.

"We’re just trying to do everything we can do to prevent it and head it off before it ever gets started down that road. Hopefully this will be an eye-opener to some parents that we need to do this regularly to keep the stores in compliance."

All the clerks involved were given tickets and are expected in court.

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  • by johnny Location: kingston on Apr 10, 2007 at 01:00 PM
    i still think if you can fight for your country and possibly lose you life you should be able to drink or the other things
  • by Jack Location: OK on Apr 10, 2007 at 12:05 PM
    Larry, you are absolutely correct!! It is so great to finally see a halfway intelligent comment on here. It restores a little bit of my faith in humanity. If you are old enough to fight & die, you are old enough to drink in my opinion.
  • by Hurt Mom Location: KIngston on Apr 10, 2007 at 09:12 AM
    I think it is great, If someone would of done the same when my son was sixteen, and if some parents would not of bought it for him, he might not be an alcoholic today. Thank you for project safe 21.
  • by Larry Location: Here on Apr 10, 2007 at 05:35 AM
    They can go to war and die and pay taxes but 18 to 20 year olds can't buy a beer. This country is warped. I could go on longer about things like gambling, marijuana reform, and others.
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