Students and an officer stick on message to help prevent underage drinking

Hinesburg middle school-aged students spent time at Lantman’s Market applying warning stickers to packages of alcoholic beverages to warn consumers about penalties associated with underage drinking.

Some local seventh graders got help from a Hinesburg police officer last week with a campaign to make adults think twice before purchasing alcohol to share with minors.

The students are part of the Hinesburg Community School Connecting Youth leadership group that promotes an anti-drug and alcohol awareness. The campaign is called “Sticker Shock” and it involves placing stickers on alcoholic beverages and on cooler-case windows.

The Hinesburg group worked at Lantman’s Market, where Officer Anthony Cambridge joined them.

The stickers have a warning message about the penalties for providing alcohol to anyone under 21, which include up to a $2,000 fine and/or up to two years in prison if convicted of furnishing alcohol to minors.

Sticker Shock is meant to reduce underage drinking by limiting youth access to alcohol. The goal is to educate people 21 and over about the legal and financial consequences of providing alcohol to minors, explained school counselor Lynn Camara, who is coordinating the project.

The campaign is rolling out around Chittenden County and is co-sponsored by the Stop Teen Alcohol Risk Team and the Chittenden Prevention Network.

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