Healthy Communities Partnership urges parents to beware of drinking
at prom and graduation
Drunkstopper.com helps law enforcement
stop under age drinking parties
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[May 10, 2017]
- It’s not uncommon for parents to worry about underage drinking and
their teenager’s safety on the road, especially on prom night. And
the prom season is upon us.
Healthy Communities Partnership reminds the community
about the local DrunkStopper program as a way to be proactive and
keep our children and our streets safer on prom night and every
night of the year.
The program was developed in memory of 15 teens killed in nearby
Tazewell County traffic crashes from March 2005 – July 2006.
Drunkstopper.com assists officers to enforce laws that pertain to
underage drinking, fake IDs and illegal sales of alcohol. Community
members who have information about a planned underage drinking party
or any other current or potential violation are encouraged to
provide tips. The website collects anonymous tips that could help
save a life. Tips can also be called in anonymously at
HCP also reminds the community that individuals who are convicted of
illegal possession or consumption of alcohol will have their
driver’s license suspended. Likewise, driver’s licenses can be
suspended if a fake ID is used to buy alcohol.
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In 2013, the “Social Host Law” went into effect defining the role
that parents play in keeping alcohol out of the hands of children. The law
states that adults who knowingly allow alcohol consumption by minors in their
home will be held responsible and are subject to a fine not less than $500.00.
Further the law states that if this activity results in great bodily harm or
death to any person, the individual is subject to a Class 4 felony.
Healthy Communities Partnership is a collaborative organization comprised of
community agencies and private individuals striving to create the healthiest
community in America. It is funded by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Foundation. For more information call 217-605-5008.
[Angela Stoltzenburg, MBA
Marketing and Community Partnerships Manager
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Healthy Communities Partnership]