Cape May County began its 20th annual “We Check For 21” program Monday as businesses throughout the area committed to be vigilant about not serving alcohol to underage customers.

Local business owners received different types of training from local and state officials.

From 2002 through 2012, a total of 4,624 youth were not allowed to buy alcohol, the county reports.

Underage drinking is punishable by a fine of no less than $500 and loss of driver’s license for a minimum of six months.  

The county will also conduct a promotional campaign related to the program, including road signs, fliers and radio and television commercials throughout the summer.

Joel Landau