From Police Report
"On July 19, 2010, the City of Winston-Salem adopted Ordinance 38-15 that establishes guidelines for the sale of spray paint to minors.
One May 21, The Winston-Salem Police Department Gang Unit conducted a city-wide operation targeting spray paint sales to minors. Undercover officers accompanying minors entered 36 designated retail establishments that sell spray paint canisters. During this operation 12 of the 36 establishments sold spray paint to the minors for a 33% violation rate. Each cashier in violation was issued a citation and the business was provided information on Ordinance 38-15 as well as informational material to post notifying patrons and employees of the Ordinance.
The objective of this operation was to bring awareness to the enacted Ordinance while also ensuring compliance. Additionally the Winston-Salem Police Department requests the assistance of its media partners in educating the public, retail establishments and employees of these establishments regarding the sale of spray paint to minors. Together we all can work to achieve the goal of reducing the availability of instruments used in the crime of graffiti.
As a comparison, a 2011 operation that was similar in nature resulted in a 51% violation rate, indicating that efforts have been effective but also confirms that additional awareness efforts are necessary to continue to reduce the number of violations of this nature.
For reference Winston-Salem City Ordinance 38-15.1 (b) Section (5) and (6) read as follows: