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Stratford Partnership Liquor Store 'Mats' Aim To Stop Sale To Minors

Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families members and others are shown. The partnership, CT Distributors and Stratford Police Department are working on an initiative to prevent the sale of alcohol to youth.
Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families members and others are shown. The partnership, CT Distributors and Stratford Police Department are working on an initiative to prevent the sale of alcohol to youth. Photo Credit: www.stratfordpartnership.org

STRATFORD, Conn. -- The Stratford Partnership for Youth and Families has provided counter mats for liquor merchants to remind their customers to comply with the law and not provide alcohol to underage youth.

"It is another opportunity to send the message — a reminder — that buying alcohol for young people is against the law and presents a dangerous situation," said Tammy Trojanowski, program director for the Stratford Partnership and Administrator for Town of Stratford Community Services.

"Liquor merchants do their best to comply with the law and the police department and liquor control in enforcing it. But we have a concern that adults will provide alcohol to young people in our community," she added.

This reminder at the point-of-sale is one of the Stratford Partnership’s strategies to limit youth access to alcohol, Trojanowski said.

The counter mats were designed and produced by CT Distributors.

"As members of the partnership, we are among the town and community leaders, youth and parents working to reduce youth substance abuse and create a safe, healthy and drug-free environment where youth and families thrive,” said Bill Steindl, compliance manager.

The Stratford Police Department is distributing the mats.

“We are all partners in responsibility to keep our youth and community safe from the dangerous consequences of underage drinking," said Stratford Police Chief Joseph McNeil.

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