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DeWitt officials, community gear up for safe season

Each year, teens look forward to proms and graduation -- they're signs of spring, summer and for some, a new beginning in college come fall. What teens don't realize is that with these two anticipated events come consequences if not handled with care.

Vehicle crashes still remain the number one cause of death for those between the ages of 16 to 24, according to a press release distributed by the DeWitt Police Department.

Last week, a campaign designed to discourage underage drinking and drunk driving took place at J-D High School. Among those in attendance included members of the DeWitt Police Department, Superintendent Dr. Alice Kendrick, high school principal Paul Gasparini, DeWitt town councilors Irene Scruton and Ken Andrews, local business owners and parents involved in Operation Graduation.

The drive emphasizes the prevention of making unsafe decisions and unsafe actions.

The following are steps that community officials and residents are taking for a safe, happy season:

The police department will send letters to DeWitt merchants in who have a license to sell alcohol for off premise consumption.

Letters are also being sent to motels and hotels asking for cooperation in not renting rooms to young adults for the purpose of unsupervised parties.

The police department will conduct compliance checks of establishments to make sure they are following proper procedures in alcohol sales.

The police department will continue its cooperative effort with merchants who are being supplied with table cards and window signage with the message that, "giving alcohol to minors is a crime."

Devices were supplied to al merchants that detect fake driver's license.

The police department and J-D High school are working together in presenting and 82-minute power point lesson in regards to vehicle and traffic laws and driving while intoxicated.

J-D High School hosted the Gone4ever exhibit again.

J-D High School will also continue its "Alive at 25" program -- a four-hour course that focuses on teaching teens to take responsibility for their driving behaviors.

Operation Graduation, an after the prom party, encourages students attending the prom to have a safe alcohol and drug free place to go afterwards. The police department made a donation to the event through its STOP DWI program.

Source: DeWitt Police Department

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