Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood wants teens in Meigs County to have a fun and memorable experience this year’s graduation season. To ensure that teens stay safe, he is reminding them and their parents that underage drinking is not only dangerous but it is against the law. “You can’t have a memorable experience at graduation time if you are unable to remember any of it because you have had too much to drink,” said Sheriff Wood.
The consequences of underage drinking are serious. Every year underage drivers under the influence of alcohol kill or seriously injure themselves or others in crashes. Sheriff Wood offers the following tips to prevent underage drinking and keep this year’s graduates and the community safe. Parents and other adults must remember that underage drinking is against the law. Not only is furnishing alcohol to someone under age 21 a crime, it sends the wrong message.
Parents and teens both need to understand that “everybody is doing it” is just plain wrong! Being liked should never mean giving up your personal responsibility or caving in to social pressures. Parents have an obligation to set boundaries that tell teens which behaviors are appropriate and which are not.
Everyone in a community is responsible for preventing alcohol-related injuries. At graduation time retailers, restaurant owners and others in the community have a responsibility to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Suspicious activity may include:
- Drinking and/or visible intoxication of a youth
- Someone purchasing a large quantity of alcohol,
- Furnishing alcohol to a minor
- A teen using a false ID.
Sheriff Wood warns, “Keep safe during your end of school celebrations and don’t drink or use drugs. Parents need to remain vigilant about what your teen is doing. By making it inconvenient for kids to drink, you just may save a life.”