Prom and Graduation Celebrations Underway; Don’t Dampen Your Futures with Underage Drinking

As prom and graduation season moves forward, both parents and youth alike have a lot to celebrate: your achievements, your futures, your lives. Police also share in your excitement and want everyone to stay safe, and think safety, as you enjoy your celebrations and accomplishments. To promote safety, police are employing a variety of education, prevention and enforcement efforts.

Across the county, School Resource Officers and officers from Crime Prevention and Traffic Safety are hosting numerous programs and demonstrations in local schools on safe driving habits and the severe risks and consequences of underage drinking to promote alcohol-free driving and gatherings during this year’s prom and graduation season.

Patrol officers are conducting weekly drunk and drugged driving patrols to enhance your safety and reduce the number of impaired and intoxicated drivers on the county’s roadways. Members of the Traffic Safety Section have planned several youth alcohol stings and business checks to thwart the sale and purchase of alcohol to underage youth.

Lastly, Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of Police, has partnered with John C. Cook, Braddock District Supervisor and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, and members of the School Board to support the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County’s “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” public education campaign, reminding parents and other supervising adults that it is not only illegal to allow underage youth to consume alcohol, but poses a great risk to their health and their safety. The letter can be viewed below.

Our goal is to reduce the amount of underage drinking and increase safety awareness so that everyone’s celebrations and achievements can be remembered as the good times they are meant to be in years to come. We encourage you to report underage drinking activity by calling 703-691-2131. You may be saving a life.

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