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The Party’s Over in St. Johns County
Supported by the Florida Highway Patrol, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has kicked off a new campaign to help stop underage drinking, called The Party’s Over in St. Johns County. With additional support from the State Attorney’s Office, St. Johns County School Board, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach Police Departments, and other agencies and organizations within St. Johns County, Sheriff David Shoar kicked off the campaign with a special news conference. The supporters hope to educate teens and parents about the dangers of underage drinking and spread the word that hosting house parties that serve alcohol to underage drinkers will not be tolerated.
The campaign was organized following several cases of underage drinking at house parties broken up by local police over the past few months and a fatal crash that killed two teens in January. A letter was sent to the parents of all high school kids in the area from Sheriff Shoar, stating that the goal of this campaign is to reduce the crashes resulting from drinking and driving among teens and to reduce the number of students who drink. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has provided students with a phone and text number they can call to anonymously report upcoming house parties where alcohol may be served. The sheriff’s Office will follow up on any tips, monitor suspected house parties, and take enforcement action if necessary. Further, local law enforcement will continue to check local establishments such as bars and liquor stores to ensure employees are not selling alcohol to minors. If one life can be saved as a result of this campaign the efforts will be worthwhile.
Pictured above: Captain Jerrell Crews, FHP Palatka District Commander, joins St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar and other agency heads for The Party’s Over in St. Johns County campaign kick off.