ST. PAUL, Minn. — Homecoming, Halloween, and football, they are all celebration traditions on college campuses across Minnesota. Many taking part in those festivities will choose to party at bars on or around college campuses.
To remind establishments about the importance of serving alcohol responsibly and legally, and to check for illegal gambling activity, the Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (DPS-AGED), in conjunction with the Gambling Control Board (GCB), will be conducting compliance checks at college campus bars throughout the fall.
The random compliance checks will focus on liquor license inspections that include required license postings, records and receipts, and checking the purity of alcohol. DPS-AGED agents will also review legal gambling activities, such as pull tabs, and investigate any potentially illegal sports betting.
Following the completion of the compliance checks, DPS-AGED will provide a review of the findings and distribute educational materials about over-service and underage drinking.
“The Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division’s mission is to educate licensed alcohol establishments and provide them with the necessary tools to succeed and keep their customers safe,” said Michele Tuchner director of DPS-AGED. “Through education, enforcement and working together, we can all make a difference in our community.”
- With football season underway, establishments need to know that football boards for pay are illegal and considered gambling.
- Outside of licensed charitable organizations, gambling that consists of consideration, chance and prize is illegal. Removing one of those three elements would make that activity legal.
- Establishments that host licensed charitable gambling, such as pull-tabs, can risk losing their license if football boards or other illegal gambling is conducted on the premises.
Serving Alcohol Responsibly and Legally
Nearly one-in-five traffic fatalities among 16- to 20-year-olds are drunk driving-related. It is critical that those who serve alcohol refuse service to anyone under 21.
- AGED reminds establishments to ID every customer ordering alcohol every time.
- Criminal charges and civil lawsuits can be filed against establishments and servers for both over-service and underage service.
- It is illegal for a liquor establishment to permit any person under the age of 21 to drink alcohol on the licensed premises.
- It is illegal for a licensed retailer to provide alcohol to a minor. If the minor suffers great bodily harm or death as a result of intoxication, the provider can be charged with a felony.
Signs of Intoxication
Establishments should educate servers on monitoring signs of impairment and stop serving customers when those signs become apparent. Signs include:
- Loss of coordination
- Impaired judgment
- Reaction time is affected
- Inhibitions become relaxed
- Slurred speech
About the Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division
DPS-AGED monitors the alcohol industry, issues both alcohol and gambling licenses, and approves regulatory practices. It provides technical and field assistance to businesses and local units of government. It conducts background investigations and criminal investigations relating to alcohol and lawful gambling, the Minnesota Lottery, pari-mutuel horse racetracks and card rooms, and tribal reservation gambling.
Additionally, the division enforces laws pertaining to illegal gambling such as sports bookmaking and other illegal gambling activities. It initiates enforcement actions, resolves and mediates complaints on liquor and gambling violations. It conducts formal hearings on violators, and provides forums for discussion and resolution of liquor and gambling issues.
In 2014, DPS-AGED Activities Included:
- Gambling agents conducted 152 criminal investigations.
- 90 Tribal State compact compliance inspections.
- 12 Corporate background and licensing investigations for AGED, GCB and MRC.
- 1,402 investigations regarding alcohol complaints.
- 843 pre-license alcohol inspections.