FONTANA – August 29th was the date for a “Minor Decoy Operation” conducted by the Fontana Police Department at fourteen different locations. The result was one arrest of a store clerk, who was then cited and released for selling alcohol to a minor.
Since 1994, “the use of decoy minors as a valid tool of law enforcement” has been in effect.
When these operation first began, as many as 40 to 50 percent of stores sold alcohol to minors.
Young people under 21 years of age “have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.”
The one clerk in this most recent operation “will face a minimum fine of $250, and/or 24 to 32 hours of community service for a first violation.”
The business where the clerk worked may face a fine, and/or a suspension or revocation of their license.