L.A. to Restrict How Alcohol is Sold at Gas Stations

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The Los Angeles City Council has voted to place additional strictures on how alcohol can be sold at local gas stations. The new regulations prohibit things like selling alcohol within 5 feet of the cash register and advertisements that are visible from gas pumps. The purported rationale is reduce drunk driving and alcohol sales to minors, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles:

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday in favor of adopting stricter enforcement of the sale of alcoholic beverages at gas stations in an effort to reduce drunk driving and the availability of alcohol to minors...

In California, the manufacture, distribution, storage and sale of alcohol is regulated by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, but the city is responsible for permits to operate gas stations and other businesses...

Violations of the sale of alcohol at a gas station include:

  • No beer or wine shall be displayed within five feet of the cash register or the front door unless it is in a permanently affixed cooler as of Jan. 1, 1988.
  • No advertisement of alcoholic beverages shall be displayed at motor fuel islands, buildings, or windows.
  • No sale of alcoholic beverages shall be made from a drive-in window.
  • No display or sale of beer or wine shall be made from an ice tub.
  • Employees on duty between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. who sell beer or wine shall be at least 21 years of age.

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