BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Over the next few weeks the Berkeley Heights and Mountainside communities will be seeing "Parents Who Host, Lose the Most" signs and banners around town. The program is to raise public awareness and educate parents and their children about the health, safety and legal risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
Governor Livingston High School Student Assistance Counselor, Bob Segear and School Resource Officers, Ed Gaffney of the Berkeley Heights Police Department and Shaun Bendik of the Mountainside Police Department, are working together to discourage the use of alcohol by those below the legal age of consumption and also urging all township citizens to refuse to provide alcoholic beverages to underage youth.
The Drug Free Action Alliance website states, "Statistics show through their combined endeavors, the number of youth using alcohol has declined, but there is further work to be done. The fact is, underage drinking is hazardous to the health and safety of our children and parents play a major role in their child’s decision to make healthy choice.
This campaign is part of several that include “The Safety Bug Driving Program” and the upcoming “Fatal Motor Vehicle Re-enactment” and “Sticker Shock Program” , all focusing on the risks and dangers of Underage Drinking, Driving While Distracted, Driving Under the Influence.