Grand Island- Several Nebraska liquor distributors were cited for selling alcohol to minors.
The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the Grand Island Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition conducted compliance checks at 63 alcohol retail outlets in Hall and Howard Counties. The businesses checked included convenience, liquor, and grocery stores as well as restaurants and bars.
During the compliance checks conducted on Friday a total of nine businesses were found to be non-compliant after selling alcohol to minors.
Five of the businesses were in Hall County and the remaining four were in Howard County.
Compliance checks are conducted to help communities determine the extent of the problem of alcohol sales as a source of youth access to alcohol. Local law enforcement conducts compliance checks to ensure that businesses are in compliance with the state's youth alcohol laws.
The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety provided $1,650 in grant funds to assist with the enforcement effort.