Durant Cracking Down on Underage Drinking

5-7-06 – In January, Durant police conducted a sting operation, hoping to crack down on stores selling alcohol to minors. The investigation found that nine out of ten businesses sold alcohol to people under 21.

Sunday, Durant schools held a town hall meeting about underage drinking in cooperation with police. Educators asked parents, students, and local leaders to be aware that the city has drinking problem. At the meeting, the results of a recent survey distributed to students were revealed. According to the survey, filled out anonymously by students, 60% of high school seniors drank alcohol in the last 30 days. That is well above the national average of 48%.

The Governor’s task force on underage drinking and the Durant safe and drug free community coalition sponsored the event in order to educate parents on the signs to watch for.

Police say they plan on conducting more checks on local businesses. At the same time, teachers say they are working on forming new student peer groups to tackle drinking issues in school.