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186 alcohol sellers charged in underage drinking crackdown in New York

More than 180 establishments holding New York state liquor licenses have been charged with serving minors during last month’s statewide crackdown on underage drinking.

That’s according to state officials who say April’s monthlong enforcement effort resulted in charges being filed against 186 out of the 851 bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores in 46 counties that were visited by underage decoys working with investigators.

The compliance checks were conducted by the State Liquor Authority, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of the statewide sweeps in early April. He says it was the state’s latest effort to catch people using fake identifications to buy alcohol and to hold businesses accountable for illegal sales.

Driver, 20, given 7 years in fatal DUI crash

This tragedy shows the importance of responsible alcohol sellers, bartenders and servers.  Learn to possibly prevent tragedies like this one by educating yourself in responsible alcohol service practices

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August 31, 2012 5:06 pm  •  By Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com

BLOOMINGTON — Radley Monson’s drinking problem was compared to a game of Russian roulette Friday that ended with a tragic accident that left a good friend dead and Monson sentenced to seven years in prison.

Prosecutor Matt Banach told a judge at Monson’s sentencing hearing on aggravated drunk driving charges that the 20-year-old defendant did not qualify for probation in the Feb. 15 death of Nick Kauffmann, also 20, from Bloomington.

Monson “exemplifies the target audience for underage drinking that needs to be shown the consequences of underage drinking and getting behind the wheel,” said Banach, asking for a 9-year prison term.

Testimony at the sentencing hearing packed with supporters of the victim and Monson included evidence that Monson continued to drink after the accident and lied to treatment providers and court services personnel about his apparent addiction to alcohol.

Monson used his chance to make a statement to turn directly to Kauffman’s family and apologize for the crash that occurred after he and three others, including Kaufmann, were served alcohol for several hours at the former Danvers Y Tap. The rural tavern voluntarily closed after the accident and misdemeanor charges are pending against the bartender.

“I wish it had been me,” not because of the legal consequences “but because of the entire pain and suffering I’ve caused your entire family,” Monson told Kauffman’s family.

Monson’s mother, Traci Monson, testified her son told her after the crash that, “I’ve killed one of my best friends and I’m so ashamed. I hope his parents can forgive me.”

Defense lawyer James Waller asked for probation and county jail time for Monson, saying he shouldn’t be sent to prison because of an addiction: “It’s just not something we do anymore,” Waller said.

In his comments before handing down a sentence, Judge Paul Lawrence recognized that Monson is “a good person who made a bad decision on this evening,” but that a prison term was necessary to deter others from making the same bad choice.

After the hearing, Banach said the seven-year term “is a just sentence that reflects how gravely serious this crime was.”

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Responsible Retailing Forum Schedules 2011 Meeting

The 9th annual Responsible Retailing Forum (RRF) will be held on April 12-13, 2011 in Park City, Utah. RRF brings together alcohol regulators, state attorneys general and public health stakeholders to work with retailers and their distributors and suppliers, and their training providers, to promote policies that prevent underage sales of alcohol and tobacco products. The 2011 RRF will be hosted by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The conference hotel is The Canyons. Information on the conference agenda, The Canyons and electronic registration will be posted on the RRF website later this year.


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