AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Alcoholic beverage retailers will need to be on their best behavior during spring break, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says.
On Wednesday, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will conduct statewide stings to identify retailers who sell alcohol to underage customers during the holiday.
The "minor stings" involve undercover TABC agents accompanied by a minor who tries to purchase alcohol from a store.
Retailers who are caught face penalties, including a fine or temporary suspension of their license to sell alcohol, while individual employees are cited for a Class A misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor.
Repeat offenders could have their license revoked by the TABC.
The stings will take place along popular travel corridors between Texas college or university campuses and the Texas Gulf Coast.
Additionally, TABC agents will conduct undercover operations during the week of March 12-17 at South Padre Island and at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.
Retailers will not be without warning; prior to the stings, TABC will visit them to educate them about the operations and give employees a chance to evaluate what they're doing.
In 2017's stings, TABC agents conducted 1,546 undercover inspections, finding 110 violations for a compliance rate of 93 percent.
In total, the agency conducted a total of 10,796 undercover stings in the last 12 months, finding 1,176 violations.
The results of this year's stings will be announced in late March.