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Local police, schools enact ‘Your Actions Matter’

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:56 p.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The Westmont Police Department and Community Unit School District 201 have partnered with several local organizations in order to affect stigmas regarding underage drinking.

Local police and schools are teaming up with Operation Snowball, Inc., and the Illinois Liquor Commission to promote "Your Actions Matter," a statewide effort to deter adults from buying or providing alcohol to minors, according to a news release from the Westmont Police Department.

The program coordinators recently distributed messages, signs and paraphernalia to businesses, and business owners then post the messages in store or on alcoholic beverages, serving as a reminder that "providing alcohol to minors is illegal, unhealthy and unacceptable," according to the release.

Allowing minors to consume alcohol in your home or any other place under your control carries the same penalties under the law as furnishing liquor, even if you don't supply the alcohol," Westmont Police Chief Tom Mulhearn said in the release. "Remember that providing alcohol to minors or allowing them to drink in a place under your control is against the law, regardless of the time of year or special occasion."

For additional information, contact Westmont Detective Michael Weibler at 630-981-6373 or mweibler@westmont.il.gov.

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