MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

June 25, 2014

Fake ID class provides key information

A free class designed to help prevent serving alcohol to underage patrons will save lives.

The class is presented by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and Muskogee’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods.

The program, which is presented every three months, also provides information to help spot fake IDs.

Shawn Presley said he got a lot of great information from the class regarding how to spot fake IDs.

“A good test is to have somebody sign their name on a piece of paper to compare that to the signature on the ID — something we’ve never done before, but it actually makes a lot of sense,” said Presley, manager of Max’s Garage.

“I’m here to learn a little bit more about the specifics of the laws and to make sure that we’re not doing anything that could get us in trouble or anyone else in trouble.”

That’s the attitude we hope all owners of businesses that serve alcohol would share.

Keeping underage patrons from drinking alcohol could save an establishment from criminal or civil liability.

More importantly, it could help save lives.

The information is so important that we hope the state Legislature can find a way to make the classes mandatory for all servers — in much the same way food handlers must pass a course.

Either mandatory or voluntary, we know this information is important and encourage participation.

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