Law Enforcement Launching Campaign For Sober Celebrations

Coming up soon, you're going to see posters popping up all over the area.

Police are letting people know that with prom and graduation season coming up, if they hear about any parties with underage drinking, they're going to find them.

The posters list the number 1-866-MUST-B-21.

If you hear about any plans for underage drinking during the spring, police are asking you to call that number.

Prom is just weeks away and students at Millard South High School already know what's in store.

"Prom is coming up before graduation, so I'm excited for prom, and I've already got everything figured out," says Bethany Barone, a senior at Millard South.

Plans are also in place to keep those kids safe.

It's called "Post Prom."

Parents decorate the school, and bring in activities for an overnight party.

It's to keep kids out of trouble and away from alcohol.

Kids are going for it.

"The main reason is to keep kids safe, and it's just a fun alternative, and I'm not interested in those things, and my friends aren't, so you just go and have a good time," says Bailey McGuire, another Millard South senior.

For those kids who do slip through the cracks, and plan to drink, area law enforcement is teaming up to stop them.

Between 2007 and 2011, 1,456 underage drivers Nebraska drivers were in alcohol related accidents.

700 were injured, and 50 were killed.

Through some grants, departments are putting those posters up in the area, and are passing out breathalyzer tests, letting kids know they're watching.

"These are events our teens have planned for, worked hard for, and deserve to celebrate, but celebrating these events with alcohol is not a right of passage," says Col. David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Especially for members of MADD, who've been through the pain of an alcohol-related accident, a safe season means a lot.

"Drunk driving is a 100% preventable crime. We should have no victims. I want to work my way out of a job, but people still continue to make the wrong choices," says Andrea Frazier, of MADD.

The groups hope this season, kids can celebrate sober.


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