The Alcohol Enforcement Team and the Hill County DUI Task Force tested whether local drinking establishments would serve minors on Oct. 1.
Eighteen businesses across Hill County were tested. Fourteen passed. The following four served alcohol to minors, police said:
• Hi-Line Gold Casino
• The Elks Club
• The Golden Spike
• Jitter Bug’s.
The businesses that failed the test are encouraged to send staff to Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service training.
Gabe Matosich, assistant chief of police, said that the RASS classes are recommended now, but the Montana Legislature will be looking at making the class mandatory.
Matosich also said the police department is keeping track of offenders. If the problem persists, the police will issue tickets and could eventually report repeat offenders to the Montana Liquor Control Bureau.
Pam Davidson from the Boys & Girls Club of the Hi-Line teaches the RASS classes on the first Monday of each month. The class are 3 hours long and cover Montana liquor laws and how to identify underage customers and fake IDs. After completing the course, participants get a certificate from the Department of Revenue.
Davidson said she had 15 participants over the past two months from businesses including Zip Trip, Maui Nites and Hi- Line Lanes.
It must have worked, since Chase McLean of Hi Line Lanes was one of two employees, with Patti Huston of the Tip It Bar, who were chosen randomly to receive a $50 Havre Area Chamber of Commerce gift certificate for passing the test.
The complete list of businesses that passed the test were:
• Zip Trip, 11th Street West
• Tip It
• Hi-Line Lanes
• Uncle Joe’s
• Miss Trudy’s Pool Side Casino
• The Duck Inn
• Box Cars
• North Winds Casino
• Crystal City Casino
• Montana Lil’s
• Lone Tree Bar.