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Free Training Offered for Those who Serve or Sell Alcohol

February 25, 2016 - 2:22 PM

MOUNT VERNON - The Knox County Safe Communities Coalition is teaming up with local law enforcement to present a free training on Ohio liquor laws for local liquor permit holders and their employees. The Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) training will be presented Feb. 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Knox County Health Department, 11660 Upper Gilchrist Rd. 

While there is no cost to attend the training, participants are asked to RSVP. To do so, participants can contact JoAnn Kerr at the health department, 392-2200, ext. 2232 or

Each year, billions of dollars are lost due to alcohol-related crime, traffic crashes and fatalities nationwide. Last year in Ohio, 42 percent of all fatalities were alcohol related. Through the ASK training, permit holders and their employees are given the educational resources to understand Ohio’s liquor laws, and help to end this growing epidemic.

“Our goal is to work with area permit holders on education and training, rather than taking enforcement action to fix any common practices that may break the law,” said Lt. Gurjit S. Grewal with the Mount Gilead post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “This training will provide the necessary knowledge and techniques needed to be a responsible seller of alcohol.”

Specifically, ASK attendees will learn how to protect themselves and their establishment from liability; how alcohol affects their customers; how to recognize the effects of alcohol on their customers; how to prevent customers from becoming intoxicated; how to intervene to refuse a sale to someone; how to prevent and deal with disturbances; and how to accurately check IDs. The training is conducted by the Ohio Investigative Unit, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Everyone who completes the training will receive a certificate of attendance.

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