Serra High Students Combat Drunk Driving, Youth Drinking Culture
A group of Serra High School students visited the Country Wine and Spirits liquor store in Tierra Santa to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol during the holidays.
They were volunteering for "Project Sticker Shock," a national campaign in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Driving aimed at stopping underage drinking and keeping drunk drivers off the road.
"We are going to place stickers on alcohol products around this liquor store just to remind consumers not to drink and drive or provide alcohol to people under 21," said Justin Pendarvis, president of Elevated, a campus club focused on alcohol awareness.
Pendarvis says the campaign is a personal passion for him.
"My uncle, Ron, was an alcoholic and he died from cancer and alcohol was a cause of that so I just want to help prevent people from making the same mistake," he said.
Research shows that the most common place for underage people to drink alcohol is at someone else's home. The second most likely place is in their own home. That's why San Diego has a "social host ordinance" that says that any person who provides alcohol to a minor could be cited or arrested and fined up to $1,000 or more.
"If you are the host of a party you have to be aware of where the alcohol is and where the people who are not supposed to be drinking the alcohol are at all times just to make sure that they don't get into your stash in the closet," said Kate Chasin, a sophomore at Serra.