SPECIAL EVENTS TOOL KIT PROMOTES RESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL SERVICE
CHEYENNE – The liquor industry has a new tool to prevent over-service and selling alcohol to minors. In a collaborative effort between the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, the Wyoming Department of Transportation Highway Safety Program, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, and the Wyoming Department of Revenue Liquor Division, a special events tool kit has been created to assist alcohol servers in their efforts to serve responsibly.
Wyoming has numerous fairs, rodeos, races, derbies, cultural events and local celebrations that include alcohol service/sales. The tool kit is intended to provide event holders the guidance and tools necessary to follow best practices for alcohol service during their local celebrations and events. The Wyoming Liquor Division hopes to reduce irresponsible sales of alcohol by providing event holders education and tools to counter over service and sales to underage individuals. Local law enforcement agencies are encouraged that the focused effort will reduce the number of intoxicated individuals who attempt to drive.
The special events tool kit contents were purchased through a grant from the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association utilized by the Wyoming Liquor Division. The tools purchased for the kit include: a responsible retailing manual, a current copy of Wyoming liquor laws, a short liquor service video that covers many liquor laws in Wyoming, ID checking guides, various signage and event buttons, GOT ID calendars, blacklight/ flashlights for checking ID’s, wristbands and security tape. The Wyoming Liquor Division obtained a second grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Highway Safety Program to add individual ID scanners to each kit.
The tool kit has been distributed to prevention managers with Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming in 9 locations throughout the state. Anyone interested in utilizing the special events tool kit for their event can contact their local prevention manager.
The tool kits have been utilized at several events over the past few weeks and were very well received. Several police departments used the scanners to verify legal age and prevented several under age individuals from gaining access to alcohol.
Funding for the new tool kit was provided by the Wyoming Department of Transportation Highway Safety, Wyoming Liquor Division and the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. For further information on liquor education programs, contact the Wyoming Liquor Division at (307) 777-6449 or access the Liquor Division website at eliquor.wyoming.gov. (contact: Kelly Hunt (307) 777-6449) -WLD-
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