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THOSE WHO SELL LIQUOR TO MINORS TARGETED

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City Council members want to get tough on businesses that sell alcohol to minors.

The council has voted to cite businesses that sell liquor to minors two out of three times during tests conducted by the Bountiful Police Department. In the past, clerks who have sold beer three out of four times have been cited.Now business owners will get the citations, not the clerks.

The Bountiful Police hire minors to check outlets that sell alcoholic beverages every three months, Lt. Don Taylor told the council.

Councilman Robert Gramoll said he endorsed citing the businesses, believing it will lead to greater responsibility. Mayor Dean S. Stahle said he felt the old policy allowed businesses to be in violation too long - up to nine months.

"When businesses can get away with selling beer nine months of a year to young people that is too long. We need to get their attention a little bit earlier," Stahle said.

"With something as severe as alcohol abuse we should be as tough as we can be."

Councilman Harold Shafter said he approved of the move but didn't think it was restrictive enough.

"I think it ought to be one out of four. Anytime anyone sells beer to a minor they ought to brought into the Council," Shafter said. "If they were robbing a bank I don't think we would allow two out of three."