Teens' crash deaths spur anti-DUI pro...

Teens' crash deaths spur anti-DUI program

There are 3 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 13, 2007, titled Teens' crash deaths spur anti-DUI program. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Two days after four teenagers were killed in an Oswego crash in which the driver has been charged with DUI, three police chiefs from the western suburbs announced a program aimed at preventing alcohol abuse by ...

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Mom of 2 Teens

New York, NY

#1 Feb 14, 2007
I think some of this sounds like a good idea. I think the anonymous tip line for underage parties and the ability for parents to ask police to check something to see if it an illegal drug without fear of being arrested themself are a start.

Based on the fact that schools are one of the first places that you see kids going off track even before a parent may notice it (attendance, grades, etc.)- it seems like there is an opportunity there to provide counseling for those kids (and their parents) rather than giving them what they want (external suspensions so they have an excuse not to be in school). Most of the kids in this type of predicament have (or think they have) family issues. It is hard being a teen.

Bottom line - we need more things in the community for teens to do that are safe and positive. No one wants them around so they shut down any place that opens up that cater to teens (like coffee shops with live bands, etc.)

Those of us parents who do watch over our kids sometimes get fooled and our kids lie to us about where they're going to be and what they're going to be doing. Most of us are lucky and our kids make it home to fool us again the next time. It is a good now that the parents and adults who are providing kids with the place to party and alcohol are starting to be held legally responsible for these things. That will start making it harder for kids to find places to get in this kind of trouble.

I pray for those in the accident and their families.
Dist 86 Dad


#2 Feb 24, 2007
If my kid gets a warning and community service for underaged drinking, I want the same opportunity for myself! Next time I come home drunk and my wife is pissed she should be able to call the police, have them give me a breath test, and they can tell me not to do it again.
I think its sad a program like this is even needed. Where the heck are the parents? Oh wait - Its Hinsdale and Oak Brook. You will never see a program like this in Westmont or other NORMAL towns. Parents there still take responsibility for raising their own kids.
Stupid Idea


#3 Mar 4, 2007
The cops are going to help parents NOT have their kids get arrested for underaged drinking? This is just wrong. If you want kids to be able to get away with drinking before 21, then lower the legal drinking age. If not then enforce the laws!

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