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Coalition working to bring awareness to teenage drinking

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The state of Arkansas and one Region 8 county have both passed laws to keep alcohol out of the hands of teens!  Now, six months after the "Social Host Law" passed in Lawrence County many still don't know about it!  Members of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Coalition in Lawrence County are posting signs and going to schools and groups, to get the message out about the law. 

"It was a problem all across the state and all across the country," said Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson.

It's a message Lawrence County Sheriff Jody Dotson said needs to get out.

"We are constantly picking up kids for DUI's, public intoxication, minors in possession," said Dotson.

"We feel very strongly about the fact that underage drinking and binge drinking has been a problem in Lawrence County for a while," said ATOD Coalition member Joyce Rose.

The ATOD Coalition is working to educate people about the law.  Dotson said the state of Arkansas passed a "social hosts" law earlier in the summer.

"It didn't have a whole lot of bite to it and the fines were minimal there were some loop holes in it," said Dotson.

Using the "loops", Sheriff Dotson said the county created an ordinance that would fill those holes.

"You can only provide alcohol to your children your immediate children you couldn't provide it to your cousin twice removed as an excuse to get out of trouble," said Dotson.

Dotson said while you can serve your children alcohol, you will also be responsible, as the adult, for anything your child does outside of the home.

"If that child leaves your house after you provided them alcohol and they get involved in an accident then it will still come back onto the adults," said Dotson.

"We know that if you have underage drinking you have someone who is 21 or older who is providing that alcohol for the young people," said Rose.

Rose said the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment shows that the average age a child takes their first drink is 12-years-old.

"Alcohol is not a big deal that it is something that they would rather have their children doing than some of the other options," said Rose.

She thinks this law will help protect kids and teens in Lawrence County.

"It applies to more people it gives our law enforcement officials something that they can rely on and back up," said Rose.

If you would like to pick up one of the signs for your yard you can contact the ATOD Coalition in Walnut Ridge at 870-886-7717.

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