Police Are Taking Preventive Measures For Underage Drinking

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Annually more than 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol related injuries.

Prom and high school graduation are supposed to be a time for students to have fun, dance and celebrate, but mock accidents drive home what can happen if celebrations go too far.

"I don't think it's a good idea, but it happens a lot," says local student, Jessica Cooper.

"You don't really want your friends to be killed in a car accident from a drunk driver, especially on a night like prom or graduation where it's the best night of your life," said local student, Tess Ingermanson.

The consequences can be devastating for families and underage students.

Sarah Fisher, Manager of Prevention Services says, "there's always car crashes, and accidents, failure in school, just risky behaviors in general."

Alcohol prevention groups have gone across the state to put hang tags and stickers on liquor bottles in stores to remind enablers the consequences for purchasing alcohol for a minors.

"The number one way we find teens get there alcohol is they get it from home. The second way is the get some adult to buy it for them," said Fisher.

The Topeka Police Department plans extra preventative measures in the next few weeks.

"We have the opportunity to do D.U.I check lanes," said Captain Brian Desch.

And they say it's important students learn wise choices at home.

"If the parents could talk to their students about the risks and dangers associated with drinking and driving, I think that would go a lot further than getting a call from a police officer late at night telling them their youth is under arrest, "said Desch.

Topeka Police also want to remind students that there are Student Resource Officers at Topeka community schools for support.


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