“Project Sticker Shock” targets social hosting
Youth leaders from the Teen Task Force and the Concerned Citizens Coalition On Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse for Greater Kenosha, working together to create a safer, healthier lifestyle, joined forces today to combat Kenosha’s growing problem of underage drinking. Alcohol has been identified as the number one drug of choice among youth and, according to our youth, one of the easiest to obtain. Thirteen local alcohol retailers participated in the group effort by allowing the teens to come in and place “Parents Who Host Lose the Most . . . Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking” stickers on their cases of beer and other alcoholic products.
- Ayra’s Gas, 2528 – 75th Street;
- Lenci’s Food & Deli – 2121 – 45th Street;
- Mac’s Deli – 2302 – 52nd Street;
- Model Market – 2327 – 54th Street;
- One Stop Grocery – 6525 – 26th Avenue;
- PDQ Store – 8012 – 39th Avenue;
- PDQ Store – 8800 – 75th Street;
- Piggly Wiggly Supermarket – 7600 Pershing Boulevard;
- Roosevelt Oil – 2710 Roosevelt Road;
- Speigelhoff’s SuperValu – 3401 – 80th Street;
- Sunnyside Club – 7517 – 22nd Avenue;
- Uptown Pantry – 6119 – 22nd Avenue; and
- Westown Foods & Liquor – 3203 – 60th Street.
The purpose of the project is to encourage adults not to serve alcohol to minors, especially during the holidays, and not to violate the city’s law on social hosting, which went into effect in April. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are traditionally among the highest alcohol consumption days on the calendar, as well as high occurrences of social hosting events for underage drinking in our community. Since the new law went into effect, at least 25 citations have been written with a maximum of $1,300 per incident. There has even been a two-time offender with a fine of $5,000.
It is hoped that the “Sticker Shock” campaign will cause those who are planning on hosting an underage drinking party to reconsider this illegal and dangerous behavior.
Note: Margie Gentner is the SPF Process Office Manager for “STAND TALL AGAINST ALCOHOL” of the Concerned Citizens Coalition as well as a frequent contributor to KenoWi.com. — DH