New details to be released regarding alcohol and tobacco laws

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – On Friday night, the Easthampton Police Department is revealing new details about their future plans to enforce alcohol and tobacco laws.

The town is using grant money to more frequently survey town bars and package stores.

Officer Alan Schadel told 22News they used to conduct random surveys once every six months. Now they plan to do it more often, and not just with alcohol, but also tobacco.

Thursday night, an alcohol purchase survey found that 3 out of 31 establishments did not I.D. 21-year-olds, who went it to buy alcohol.

Technically, they didn’t break any laws, but Officer Schadel says they’d be watched more closely.

“We will follow up with a letter. We also follow up and just explain to them that we would prefer that they I.D. anyone who looks under the age of 40. So that way their not taking a chance that somebody might look like they are over the age of 21, when in reality they are not,” said Officer Schadel.

For the places that did I.D., those employees got a $5 gift card.

A 2013 survey found that 35% of 10th graders in Hampshire County said they drank alcohol in the past 30 days, higher than the 27% national average.

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