COUNTRYSIDE – With the goal of keeping cigarettes out of the hands of persons under 18, the Countryside Police Department recently held a series of tobacco compliance checks in the city.
Police released information on the checks Jan. 27 that showed that of the 14 establishments checked, four were found in violation.
Aided by two “special agents” under the age of 18, police sent the teens into local businesses to make sure they were complying with state and local laws that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 18.
Cited for selling to minors were Circle K/Shell Gas Station, 6701 Joliet Road and 6101 S. La Grange Road. Also cited was Supersonic Gas Station, 5300 S. La Grange Road, and C-Side Tobacco, 5501 W. Plainfield Road.
Police said their goal was for total compliance in not only sales, but also for sinage and storeage.
Police announced they will continue to educate the Countryside business community on the law as part of a state grant, which allowed officers the opportunity to conduct the compliance checks.