Project KNØW Cracks Down on Underage Drinking in Conjunction with Alcohol Awareness Month

The following is a press release from the office of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury:

Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed April 2010 as "Alcohol Awareness Month" in the State of Louisiana. An average of 11,000 American youth between the ages of 12 to 20 try some form of alcohol for the first time each day. In an effort to decrease these numbers here in Calcasieu Parish, Project KNØW is a Police Jury program funded through a grant from the Governor's office and the Office of Addictive Disorders.

The Project KNØW program's three-prong approach to this important issue is showing positive results. Since the program started earlier this year, "Party Patrols" have contacted 69 parents who responded to scenes where their children were caught drinking underage. As a result, 73 summonses have been issued through these patrols.

Project KNØW coordinator, Mary Kaye Allemond says "Anyone going to prom or planning end- of-the-year parties should know that law enforcement officers are out in the community cracking down on anyone contributing to underage drinking."

The Project KNØW program also monitors businesses that sell alcohol to ensure they do not sell alcohol to minors. These compliance reviews have resulted in 94 summonses being issued. Also, over the past few months, DWI checkpoints associated with the program have checked 7,297 vehicles at 8 different locations throughout the Parish.

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