Seminar Advocates Smarter Choices

A group of people in Meridian is trying to tackle the problem of underage drinking.

It's apparently a major issue in Lauderdale County, which has the third highest rate of underage DUIs in Mississippi.

The Smarter Choices Community Coalition is kicking off a campaign to try to lower those numbers.

Judge Vel Young, who heads the Lauderdale County alcohol and drug court, spoke at the event, saying it's not enough to simply take the keys away from an underage driver who has been drinking. She says supplying them with alcohol must also stop.

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  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 29, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Im 28 and get carded every time I buy beer so im not sure its the stores fault. I stand by what I posted earlier.
  • by Concerned parent on Jan 28, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    I believe the stores should be monitored more. You can go in these convenience stores and see young people buying it. When they catch these people selling to underage, pull their license for good. Some have been known to pay a fine and go right back selling it. They sell enought beer that it's worth a fine. It's too easy to get; your local store, Walmart, grocery stores, etc. We have made it to easy to purchase.
  • by Guy Gyverson Location: Meridian on Jan 28, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Hey! Get off your high horse! These teens are friends with 21 yr olds thats where they get it! In my youth i have seen it all to often. A pretty young girl can be very manipulative so dont just point the fingers at the parents!!!
  • by Concerned Parent on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM
    You can host all these seminars that you want - schools do it around prom time every year! But, until you stand up and be parents to your children and stop providing them with alcohol - throwing their parties so that you can be the cool parents and renting the party limo for prom - you are wasting your time and energy! I've had parents tell me - don't you remember being you, and I could honestly answer YES, and my parents didn't provide it and I certainly didn't drink it - because I knew I would be in BIG trouble. Teens can be teens, have a good time (and remember it) with out alcohol!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    We may not have such a problem if it were illegal to give your own children alcohol. We as parents are suppose to set examples and if we give our underage children who are legal age to drive alcohol no wonder we hjave a problem. Mississippi has MANY issues they cause themselves as a state.
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