Editorial: More awareness needed to reduce teen drinking

With prom season upon us and graduation not far away, this is prime time for high school parties. But teens need to be aware: Mix alcohol with those celebrations, and you could wind up in legal trouble.

Local police agencies are diligent about enforcing laws on underage consumption, and the statistics appear to show that young people are getting the message.

In the past five years, police in the county have arrested more than 1,900 teens or young adults for underage drinking, often finding them at house parties with a dozen or more others. During that time, the number of underage drinking arrests has fallen, from 482 arrests in 2009 to 240 last year, according to data from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

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