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KSP Announces Funding to Reduce Underage Drinking in Kentucky

Date of News Release: 12/02/2009

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today that the agency is accepting grant proposals for underage drinking prevention projects.

KSP serves as the designated state administrator for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) block grant.

"Enforcement is vital to reducing underage drinking in Kentucky, but it must be accompanied by an educational component that will bring awareness about the serious dangers involved," said Brewer. "These federal dollars will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking."

"The key is being vigilant in changing the social perception that underage drinking is a rite of passage for teenagers," said Brewer, "when in actuality, it is a dangerous drug that is proven to reduce brain activity in young people, resulting in dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences."

The Administrative Office of the Courts reports that in 2008, there were 3,067 Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrests in Kentucky for teen drivers between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) reports that underage drinking costs the United States $2.1 billion each year through medical care, illness and loss of work.

Brewer advised that the two main contributing factors to underage drinking are a youth's ability to illegally purchase alcohol and obtaining someone over the age of 21 to purchase it for them.

"EUDL grant activities specifically target these factors and are designed to reduce underage drinking by making it harder to gain access to alcohol," remarked Brewer. "Kentucky's youth are the future of the Commonwealth and we must utilize every effort available to protect this most valuable asset."

For more information about the EUDL grant program, please contact Sherry Bray at (502) 695-6353.

Applications for the 2010 EUDL block grant must be submitted to KSP through the Kentucky Justice Cabinet Grants Management System on or before January 15, 2010 by 4:30 p.m. (ET). The grant application package can be accessed through the Kentucky Justice Cabinet website at http://kyjusticegms.com/Login.aspx?APPTHEME=KYJPS&ReturnURL=/Menu_Object.aspx?objID=4584 .

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