According to a news release from the Hall County Sheriff's Office, 80 percent of businesses checked were in compliance.
However, several businesses failed the checks conducted by the Sheriff's Office working in collaboration with the Grand Island Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol, as part of the Think B4U Wink partnership.
According to the sheriff's office, the businesses that failed were:
Valero Snac Shak at 715 S. Locust St.Hy-Vee Grocery Store at 115 Wilmar Ave.Casey's General Store #2883 at 1420 S. Locust St.Hy-Vee Gas Station at 118 Wilmar Ave.Pump & Pantry #44 at 1309 Diers Ave.Walmart Supercenter at 2250 Diers Ave. Wasabi Bistro Restaurant at 2435 Diers Ave.
The news release stated, "We are extremely proud of the 29 businesses who are obviously taking the issue of underage drinking very seriously. Local businesses are to be commended for their efforts." Compliance checks are used by law enforcement agencies across the country. If conducted on a regular basis, officers say they are a good barometer of the measure of a community's progress on reducing alcohol sales to minors.
Local law enforcement plans to continue to perform these checks regularly.