Group to hold classes on underage drinking laws

Clerks in York County are among those who lead the state in selling alcohol to underage drinkers, officials said.

The state average for non-compliance by clerks who sell alcohol to underage drinkers is 20 percent. York County's is 26 percent, said Jane Alleva, Keystone Substance Abuse Services spokeswoman.

Keystone, with local law enforcement, hopes to stop the trend by conducting two merchant education classes today.

"An alarming number of our clerks and/or merchants are putting alcohol in the hands of underage drinkers," Alleva said. "We need our clerks to get trained and take the time to save a life."

York County's compliance has worsened since July, Alleva said. The percent for non-compliance remains one of the highest in the state, she said.

The free, three-hour classes will begin at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. at the Keystone Prevention Center at 140 E. Main St. in Suite 300.

Clerks will learn state laws that mandate tobacco and alcohol sales, how to check IDs and how to refuse service to underage youths and intoxicated customers.

Sessions are held monthly. For information, call Corree McMillan at 230-1793.

Keystone and the Rock Hill school district also will offer a parent education class at 6:30 tonight at the Applied Technology Center in Rock Hill. The hour-long session is free. For details and registration, call Paula Hobbs at 981-1199.