Police Urge Caution during Prom/Grad Season

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release:142/0009/LHC(3)
May 21, 2012


Police Urge Caution during Prom/Grad Season

            McLean Police District – Celebrations for joyous occasions such as proms and graduations are in full swing this month and police urge revelers to party safely but to be aware of the strict consequences of underage drinking.

            Earlier in May, Police responded to citizen noise complaints in the McLean area and arrested a dozen party-goers for underage alcohol and drug-related offenses. The teens were allegedly consuming alcohol and marijuana in the 1500 block of Westmoreland Street in a home while the parent was away for the evening.

            Police urge residents to celebrate the summer season sensibly and safely and to be aware of the laws regarding serving alcohol to minors. Members of the Fairfax County Police Department actively serve on the Fairfax Countywide Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking (CIRUD) and the agency is committed to a community-wide approach on serious issues such as underage and binge drinking.

            Police remind residents that underage drinking is a serious offense with strong consequences. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor for anyone under 21 to buy, consume, or possess any alcoholic beverage. Penalties include fines, loss of driver’s license, jail time, and possible expulsion from school.

             “Parents Who Host Lose the Most” is another county-sponsored program that targets information to parents as they plan and host their children’s parties. May is declared “Parents Who Host Lose the Most Month” and there are numerous ongoing efforts underway. Officers in the McLean Station, for example, have applied colorful magnets with a safety message to their cruisers. Parents can be prosecuted for hosting underage drinking parties. The initiative encourages parents to ensure social events are alcohol free and chaperoned, refuse to supply alcohol to those under age 21, and to make sure alcohol is not brought into the home or on the property.

            To report underage drinking parties to police, call 703-691-2131. Learn more about CIRUD at http://unifiedpreventioncoalition.org/.

prom safety

Officers in the McLean District are placing magnets like these on their cruisers this prom/grad season.




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