BAY Team: Alcohol servers, sellers following the rules in Barrington

Police check-ups show 100 percent compliance

Posted 12/2/21

In collaboration with the Barrington Police, the BAY Team recently trained all alcohol sellers and servers working in Barrington. The program is part of a town ordinance that requires annual …

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BAY Team: Alcohol servers, sellers following the rules in Barrington

Police check-ups show 100 percent compliance

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In collaboration with the Barrington Police, the BAY Team recently trained all alcohol sellers and servers working in Barrington. The program is part of a town ordinance that requires annual training, in addition to the course required by the state every three years.  

The local training is supported by research, said BAY Team officials, that shows that when people feel a personal connection and responsibility towards their community and work, they are more likely to follow the rules that promote health and safety. 

BAY Team officials said sellers and servers play a crucial role in keeping Barrington safe by using best practices, such as checking identification for all customers who look to be under age 40, measuring the quantities of drinks served, controlling the atmosphere of the bar or restaurant, and collaborating with police at the first signs of trouble. A featured speaker at the training told participants her story as a mother of two children who suffered tragically from a car crash as a result of a RI liquor store selling alcohol irresponsibly to the driver. 

Prior to the training, police conducted compliance checks at all Barrington restaurants, bars, stores, and clubs where alcohol is sold and found all required certifications were current. Also, the establishments did not sell alcohol to a youth decoy.

BAY Team officials congratulated all of the liquor licensees for completing these checks and trainings. According to BAY Team Co-Directors Denise Alves and Kristen Westmoreland, the local establishments are helping keep our community safe by doing their part to serve and sell responsibly.

BAY Team said there is still work to be done to address social hosting, an illegal practice where someone 21 years or older buys alcohol for, or permits alcohol use by anyone under 21. 

“While there is a legal carve-out for parents to provide small amounts of alcohol to their own children, in their own homes, for instance, in religious ceremony, the spirit of this law has clearly been abused when a parent enters a liquor store and allows their child to pick out whatever alcohol they want,” stated a press release from the BAY Team.

“This recently happened in one of our local establishments and we commend that store for refusing to sell alcohol to this parent and their underage youth. We all have a responsibility to our youth to never participate in social hosting.”

The BAY Team, Barrington’s prevention coalition, has been recognized nationally for its success in lowering youth prescription drug abuse. The coalition has a mission to promote a safe and healthy Barrington through communication and collaboration to prevent and decrease substance abuse. For more information, visit www.thebayteam.org.   

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