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TABC To Target Alcohol Retailers Over Spring Break

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AUSTIN (CBSDFW/AP) – Texas regulators plan a more than two-week undercover effort to help stop alcohol sales to minors during spring break.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says the stings will run March 1-15. TABC officials say the operation will target retailers along popular travel corridors between major Texas cities and the Gulf Coast.

“These undercover operations have proven to be a useful tool in ensuring our retailers are in voluntary compliance with the law,” said Chief Robert Saenz, TABC Chief of Field Operations. “While we were very pleased with the relatively low number of violations last year, when you’re talking about an underage person getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, even one violation can result in loss of life. We’re counting on Texas retailers to do the right thing and remain vigilant during this very busy time.”

The Texas drinking age for alcohol is 21. Undercover agents will be accompanied by underage volunteers who will attempt to buy alcohol.

A similar operation during 2015 spring break involved TABC agents visiting more than 900 retailers. Regulators say more than 90 percent were abiding by Texas alcoholic beverage laws.

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