Lake Zurich police plan alcohol sales compliance checks before Lake Zurich High School’s Homecoming the weekend of Oct. 5.
Officers will be checking for any violations of local and state liquor laws. The department is urging retails to check identification of anyone attempting to purchase alcohol to make sure they are 21 or older, according to a release.
The compliance checks are being done in conjunction with the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force.
Last year, Lake Zurich did 15 compliance checks and wrote three violations, according to the Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force website. Area departments also are involved. Last year, Lake County Sheriff did 48 checks and wrote 10 tickets.
“More than 70 percent of high school students have consumed alcohol and about 22 percent engage in heavy episodic drinking,” according to a recent Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth study.
Lake County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force’s website has resources for teens and parents as well as statistics and information. The website states studies show more than 40 percent of people who started drinking before the age 15 will develop alcohol abuse or dependence at some point in their lives.