Riverside Police Department announces the recent results of the tobacco compliance checks. These compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with local minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors. 

With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, The Riverside Police Department has been educating tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of their customers while conducting compliance checks of area tobacco retailers.

Tobacco retailers were inspected in the third of three rounds of compliance checks on all tobacco retailers in the community. A total of three tobacco retailers; AmStar Gas Center, Marathon Gas Center and 7-11 were inspected for compliance and all were found to be in compliance of the law by not selling tobacco products to a minor.

Deputy Chief David Krull said, “Since 1993, when we began this program, we have seen compliance percentages move up and down. With the completion of this round we have consistently seen our compliance rate at 100% for many years.”

“As a department, we are pleased with the 100% voluntary compliance by our local businesses”, stated Chief Weitzel.