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Franklin, Brentwood Police Targeting Underage Alcohol Sales

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by Todd Walker

BRENTWOOD, Tenn - Two Mid-State Police Departments have announced a new partnership to make sure local liquor stores are not selling to people underage.

Brentwood and Franklin Police said they are sending decoys who are under the age of 21 into places that sell alcohol to see if clerks are enforcing ID laws.

The "Serve a Minor, Get Served with a Summons" campaign runs now through New Year's.

Workers at Maryland Farms Wine and Spirits in Brentwood said they see a spike in underage people trying to buy alcohol this time of year, but it's a problem year round.

"We turned someone away today as a matter of fact," said Assistant Manager William Bergh. "They just tried to use what we think is maybe their older brother's ID. It looked kind of like them but not really. When we asked if they had another ID they didn't have one. So we said 'I'm sorry but we kind of question it.'"

A liquor store could lose its license if caught selling to someone underage.

"Clerks who sell to minors commit a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine and actually jail time," said Franklin Police Sgt. Charles Warner.

In 2011 there were 257 fatal alcohol related crashes in Tennessee. Thirty-six of those were people under the age of 21.

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