From the Office of Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

                       Prepare For Graduation with Safety in Mind


S418611_391954274152906_582258492_nheriff Hawthorne reminds everyone that with graduation ceremonies approaching, please celebrate safely.  It is important for parents, teens and party hosts, to understand the laws in order to keep everyone safe. Some parents host after-graduation parties where alcohol is provided, thinking that they can better protect teens by supervising their drinking, and by keeping them from driving drunk.

 Sheriff Hawthorne admonishes that parents and guardians will be held responsible if any underage drinking occurs on their property they could be subject to criminal and civil sanctions. Establishments that sell alcohol are reminded to ask patrons for ID. Underage sales and purchases could result in criminal prosecution.

Chambers County Sheriff’s Office offers these tips to help keep teens safe:

* Communicate with your teens regularly and openly about alcohol and drugs.
* Discuss your expectations and rules for graduation outings.
* Know who will be driving and what your teen’s plans are.
* Make sure your teen has a cell phone. Have pre-established times when your teen calls in to check in with you.
* Remind your teen not to use alcohol or drugs, or ride in a vehicle with anyone under the influence.

Regular and open communication between parents and teens can make a difference in preventing drunken driving, drug use, DWI accidents, and other destructive behavior.

Take the time to give your teens the information and tools they need to stay safe.