Kansas University will be adding another requirement this year for some students. New students under the age of 22 will be required to take a two hour course on the affects and dangers of alcohol.
The class is part of the initiatives the University is taking after two students died in unrelated alcohol incidents last spring from underage binge drinking.
University officials believe the course is realistic because it assumes that most students do drink, regardless of age. The class teaches students about the affects alcohol consumption has on the body and decision-making abilities.
“It’s not, if you will, a message of abstinence, because, I think we are realistic that telling students not to drink at all probably isn’t as helpful as saying this is how you can be safe,” Marlesa Roney, vice provost for student success, told the press. “By providing detailed information on the effects of alcohol in an easily accessible, interactive format, we hope to help students make wise choices while in school and throughout their lifetimes.”
The University also plans to notify parents about drug and alcohol violations by students 21 or younger. Alcohol amnesty will be offered for students who call for medical assistance concerned about alcohol poisoning whether the incident involves themselves or a friend.
The changes in the University’s policy comes after the deaths of Jason Wren and Dalton Eli Hawkins. Wren, 19, was found dead at his Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house on March 8. His blood alcohol level was four times the legal limit. In April, Hawkins fell off the roof of a dorm and died after drinking.
Source: Lawrence Journal World and KARE 11
This school year, Albert Lea High School students in Minnesota will be taking a breathalyzer test before they are admitted into the prom. School officials are taking to new measures in hopes of cutting back on teen drinking.
Students attending the prom will have to blow into a preliminary capture column of a breathalyzer. A warning light will go on if alcohol is detected on someone’s breath. The student will then be taken aside to have a preliminary breath test.
Those students who pass the first breath test will win a prize, and their name will be entered into a drawing for more prizes. The school hopes to promote a safe and chemical-free prom.
On Thursday, August 28, police arrested a drunk 12 year-old after she allegedly drove a stolen car, officers reported to the Calgary Herald.
The car was packed with young passengers when it was intercepted in Palmerston, a town in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Six of the passengers ran from the car after being pulled over, but police were able to catch four juvenile females. The driver was also caught; she registered a blood alcohol level of .65%. The legal blood alcohol limit in the Northern Territory is .05%.
The females that have been caught – aged 12 to 20 – were arrested. Two others escaped and police are still looking for them.
An 18-year-old college student told Mankato police the reason he scored a .063 reading on a breathalyzer was because he had been making out with a drunk female 30 minutes earlier.
Police found James A. Carroll stumbling on the street Saturday after campus security at Minnesota State University reported him around 2:45 am.
Police Cmdr. Amy Vokal said that it is not possible to get drunk from making out with another person because the breath that is tested is from the lungs. Carroll was let go after being cited for underage consumption.
An article published last October in USA Today recounts the increasingly common sight of breathalyzers administered at high schools social functions such as sports events and dances.
High school administrators have found the small breath test devices to be a cheap and publicly-visible way to deter students from trying to attend social events drunk or with alcohol. Peer pressure, the shame of testing positive in front of friends, is touted as a motivating factor behind the effectiveness of the portable breathalyzer.
While civil rights groups warn that if students are tested without “reasonable suspicion” and prior approval, it may be a violation of civil rights, schools often draft consent forms that students sign if they are to have the privilege of attending social functions.
It’s hardly news that underage teenagers have drinking parties, unfortunately. But this one has a bit of a twist.
Sheriff’s deputies in Florence, Wisc. were alerted to an underage drinking party. When they arrived, a vehicle was leaving the alleged party. When a deputy followed the vehicle, he found it in a ditch less than a mile down the road, with the occupants out of sight in the nearby woods.
Several more vehicles coming from the direction of the party, and officers duly stopped each vehicle. One of the vehicles, however, sped off after being ordered to stop, leading the deputies on a high-speed chase for a few minutes before slamming into a snow bank in a hay field.
Five of the teens either surrendered or were captured shortly after, though deputies continued searching for a while to round up all eight teens that had spilled from the car. Eventually, the deputies left. Without shoes on, three of the teens stayed all night in the unheated vehicle after hiding out somewhere in the hay field.
The three suffered frostbite and were taken to a local hospital, where officers did finally catch up to them. A total of seven minors in possession of alcohol citations were issued to the party-goers.
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Last week, an 11-year-old girl was charged with DUI after leading police on an 100 mph chase for roughly eight miles and then flipping her vehicle in Orange Beach, Ala.
An Associated Press story detailed that the chase began around 10:30 p.m. on July 3rd when a police officer saw a car speeding along a beach highway. After the officer flicked on his lights, the driver sped up and eventually clipped another car during the chase that eventually ended when the suspect’s car rolled over.
When police officers looked into the flipped car with their guns drawn, they were shocked to see the 11-year-old girl, who later said that she was picking up her sister at a concert. Slightly injured in the crash, the girl has been charged with DUI, speeding, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
Due to the age of the suspect, her name was not released. Police refused to release her blood alcohol level but did say that a blood test revealed it to be greater than 0.02 percent, which is the legal limit for minors in Alabama.
No alcohol was found in the vehicle, and it is believed that the girl drank prior to driving the vehicle, which belonged to relatives.
Who would have thunk it? On the night before the Fourth of July, you would expect an 11-year-old kid to be more interested in getting his or her hands on fireworks than a car. Luckily, this girl was not seriously injured and did not hurt anyone else during this most dangerous joy ride.
On March 13th of this year, an SUV crashed into a car, killing 17-year-old Samara Stricklen of Lakewood, Colorado. When police arrived at the scene, they found 16-year-old Alison Bowen behind the wheel of the SUV.
However, police learned during their investigation that 16-year-old Nanette Lafluer was actually operating the Ford Explorer during the fatal drunk driving accident.
With that said, Lafluer was recently charged with vehicular homicide while DUI. As for Bowen, she has been accused of drinking and driving sometime during the night of the fatal accident and thus is still facing a DUI charge.
And for her deception, Bowen has been charged with trying to influence a public servant.
A liquor store clerk is also facing charges in this unfortunate Colorado DUI case. The grand jury investigation has accused 44-year-old Pham Van Thein of repeatedly selling alcohol to minors, including one of Lafluer’s friends on that night.
Authorities have also determined that Lafluer drank some vodka purchased from Van Thein’s liquor store prior to getting behind the wheel of the SUV on that fatal night.
A Jefferson County, Colorado liquor store clerk was sentenced to home detention and probation for selling liquor to a minor who later died in a DUI accident. Loc Quang Truong was given 120 days home detention and 18 months of probation.
Loc had pled guilty to providing alcohol to a 20-year-old minor using his older brother’s expired Michigan driver’s license. Paul Ondrish later rolled his vehicle, killing himself and a passenger.
They were not wearing seatbelts. Three teenagers, riding in the back seat and wearing their seatbelts, suffered minor injuries.
The boys’ families said they were satisfied with the sentence which includes 120 hours of community service in a trauma facility, restitution, a $1,000 fine, orders to obtain a GED, to not work in a liquor store, and to attend a victim-empathy panel.
A 15-year-old-boy was arrested for DUI in Brewster, NY. The youth, whose name has not been released, was pulled over for driving erratically.
He has been charged with DUI and refusing to submit to a . The boy and his passenger were taken to the Brewster police station and his father was called to come pick him up.
A Brewster police sergeant said: “unfortunately it seems to be a somewhat disturbing trend that more and more juveniles are not only engaging in this misbehavior, but then furthering the danger of it by going out and driving.”