Alcoholic Beverage Control agents visiting businesses, venues during Memorial Day Weekend


The Memorial Day weekend is a time to remember those who lost their lives in wars. But for others it means picnics and some time on the lake. But California’s Alcohol Beverage Control agents say have a plan.

Agents will be visiting licensed businesses and large venues to enforce alcoholic beverage laws during Memorial Day Weekend.

ABC agents will be working with law enforcement in order to help prevent disorderly activity and reduce alcohol service to “obviously intoxicated patrons and persons under 21-years-old.”

According to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, other law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

CBS47 rode along with undercover agents as they visited stores in the Friant area.

Agents say they observed the clerks were correctly checking identification cards of people buying alcohol.

Agents then traveled to Millerton Lake, where state park rangers welcomed the help.

Park Ranger Steve Barber says, “Millerton Lake is a big spot. We got 12 and half thousand acres. On Memorial day we can have 20,000 to 25,000 visitors through our gates, so we typically rely on other agencies for help.”

Agents say it’s about preventing DUI accidents.

John Carr, ABC Public Information Officer says, “Our agents are visiting a number of places, including here at Millerton Lake. Where agents are checking on people, making sure minors aren’t consuming alcohol.”

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