ABC Board's Anti-Underage Drinking Program visits E.P.C.O.T.
Alcohol and Youth DONT MIX
The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC Board) has launched a statewide campaign to educate students and parents about the dangers of underage drinking.
The Program of Work for our Career Tech Student Organization (CTSO), is to schedule activities for students who attend Earnest Pruett Center of Technology. The SkillsUSA Chapter at EPCOT along with the aide of Mr. Nathan Lee (Career Coach at EPCOT), invited the Under Age, Under Arrest program to speak to students about the dangers of underage drinking and the consequences of the choices they make as young adults. This program was hosted by Mr. Dean Argo who is the Manager of Government Relations and Communications, Alabama ABC Board. Mr. Dean spoke to the students about the ABC Board underage and binge drinking prevention program and what their position is on teenage drinking in our state.
Mr. Dean Argo - Manager Government Relations and Communications, Alabama ABC Board spoke to the students about why the ABC Board is running this campaign and the importance that teenagers do not drink. The message is to convey to students the agency is gravely concerned about underage drinking and that the agency is dedicated to enforcing the laws- on both teenagers and their parents. He also asked students to pledge not to drink until the age of 21.
State Trooper Curtis Summerville spoke to the students about his experiences as a Traffic Homicide Investigator and the terrible moment of notifying the family that they have lost a child. He also talked about the laws of underage drinking and the legal consequences, and stress that law enforcement agencies have zero tolerance for underage drinking.
Amy Dennis, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Alabama, lost her son at the young age of 20, due to a drunk driver. Ms. Dennis spoke to the students about her experience as a mother losing a child and what she went through in detail on that devastating day.
Local Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler spoke to students about his experiences and the choices teenagers make to drink and drive, maybe be the last choice they ever have and how those decisions will affect the lives of others. When teenagers make the decision to drink and drive and seriously injure someone can be charged as an adult with a felony.
Senator Steve Livingston, Scottsboro, Senate District 8, who is also a business owner speaks about the consequences if an employee sales alcohol to anyone underage.
District Attorney Jason Pierce spoke to the students about the legal ramifications of underage drinking and driving, the possible felony charges that can result in jail time/prison.
We hope the students come away from this presentation with a better understanding and discourages them to participate in any form of driving under the influence.
To learn more about this program or schedule a visit go to Under Age-Under Arrest. Be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.
Need help talking to your teen about underage drinking or need to find a local MADD office visit Mothers Against Drunk Driving