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< BRIAN WARD
"We make sure that every one of our
customers is of age."

receiving Community Service Awards

Another KIS initiative includes a con-

from Keeping It SAFE (KIS). Ward was

tact for requesting information on host-

recognized especially for his work in

ing under-21 alcohol-free events or to

recognizing fake IDs.

report an upcoming under-21 alcohol

Alcohol Inspectors Guy Poirier and

party, event or provider. That phone

Tim Zywiolek were also honored with

number is 301-670-SAFE (7233). For

the Keeping It Safe Community Service

reporting an underage party in prog-

Award, for their contribution in the coa-

ress, the Department of Liquor Control

lition's We Check IDs
Poster Project. The
Check IDs Project is
a collaboration with
Richard Montgomery
High School students
who work to design
preventative point-ofsale materials for display at Montgomery
County Department of
Liquor Control retail
stores and participating
establishments.
KIS, a coalition of
public and private
agencies and individuals, was established
in 1992 to prevent
underage drinking and
reduce alcohol access

recommends calling the

"We make sure that
every single one of
our customers is of
age," Ward says. A
couple of years ago,
we came across
some i.d.'s that just
didn't seem right. I
did some research
and found out ways
we could determine
that i.d.'s were fake.
We've collected 99
of them as of today."

non-emergency police line
at 301-289-8000.
KIS also offers training
for limousine companies
covering Maryland alcohol
and drug laws and consequences, indicators of
alcohol and drug impairment, current teen trends,
and best practices regarding the transportation of
clients under the age of
21. To help educate and
encourage the young people themselves, the initiative hosts a student video
contest and educational
signs on alcohol poisoning in multiple languages.
At the Montrose store,

through education, enforcement support

Brian Ward points out, "We make sure

and youth programs.

that every single customer is of age. We

KIS's largest program is the annual
Student Public Service Announcement

have signage that [reminds customers],
'under 21, no sale, no way.'"

(PSA) Contest. The competition engages

Of course, conscientious drink-

students from local middle and high

ing doesn't end at the age of 21. Ward

schools to create a PSA on alcohol pre-

advises customers of all ages, "Consume

vention geared toward their peers, and

responsibly" and "If you've had too

offers cash prizes and recognition at a

much, make sure you don't drive."

Spring award ceremony. KIS's Student
PSA contest is well-established, as they

To bartenders and servers, he would
say, "Never overserve anyone."

received 83 entries just this year (FY

When used responsibly, alcohol

'17). Students are recognized along-

can add an enjoyable dimension to

side community members receiving

life. Though keeping its usage safe is

Community Service Awards for helping

everyone's duty, we can all be grateful

to deter underage drinking and under-

for those like Brian Ward who go the

age alcohol access.

extra mile. ♦


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