Underage drinking has caused issues in several communities across the Stateline and the police department in Freeport, with the help of the Freeport Health Network, is doing their part to make sure the same doesn't happen to their city.
Businesses selling alcohol will be the target of random compliance checks by the Freeport Police Department to make sure they aren't selling to underage customers. The patrols are being funded through the Freeport Health Network's Partnerships for Success grant. Freeport Liquor Commission member Bob Dahms says they've seen a handful of stores selling to minors over the past few years and conducting these checks can help calm several people's worries.
"Every parent that I know of, when their child leaves the house, they want to make sure they come home safe and sound. Underage drinking is a problem across the nation, not just in Illinois or anywhere around here. So we want to do our best as parents and community members to make sure it doesn't happen”, says Dahms
Businesses here in the Pretzel City have already been notified the checks will be going on during the next several months. The Freeport Police Department will also be conducting party patrols, looking out for underage drinkers on the road.