The 16th Circuit Out Of Their Hands -York & Union County Mission:
- Through the statewide campaign, South Carolina’s Alcohol Enforcement Teams (AETs) and prevention professionals collaborate on activities and environmental strategies aimed at limiting access to alcohol by young people under the age of 21. The increased enforcement and public education efforts promote a safe end to the school year and a safe prom season. The campaign – called “Out of Their Hands” – emphasizes that it is against the law for anyone under 21 to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverage.
- The PROM PLEDGE event will feature a texting campaign which, in addition to reading the pledge, will require the youth to text in pledging their commitment to remain safe and sober. Mass texts will be sent to all participating York county students before and during prom night reminding everyone of the campaign’s message.
- During Prom season project “Sticker Stop” will be occur in the 16th Circuit (York and Union counties). Keystone, Union County Alcohol Enforcement Team, and the York County Coroner’s office will distribute flyers and OOTH stickers to 50 + local restaurants, flower shops, men’s tux/clothing stores, women’s prom dress/clothing stores, alterations stores, grocery stores, etc., to educate parents and teens in York county on the laws and hefty fines for hosting parties, the dangers of giving alcohol to your child and child’s friends, and the penalties for underage drinking.
- Out of Their Hands Campaign is shared through the 4 school districts’ online app (peach jar) and e-mail
- Keystone and York County All on Board, law enforcement, school staff, and community leaders take part in speaking to the parents during 4 RAP (raising awareness for parents) on alcohol and opioid drug trends in York County.
- Keystone, AET, and the All on Board Coalition engage in a social media campaigns to educate the communities’ youth and parents of the concern of underage drinking and the importance of their sobriety while celebrating this milestone
- At the end of each year, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, York County Coroner’s Office, Keystone Substance Abuse Services, All On Board, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving host a celebratory event for local retailers who display continuous commitment to preventing underage drinking.
- For more information or interested in signing up for PREP, please go to http://www.daodas.sc.gov/prevention/merchant-initiatives/prep/
PACT (Preventing Alcohol Collisions and Teen Drinking):
- Local alcohol retail outlets have OOTH signs posted to display their commitment to prevent underage drinking at their establishment, as well as get staff proactively trained through PREP (Palmetto Retailers Education Program). In addition, it is encouraged to join the local PACT, which inspires ourselves, staff, and retail neighbors to take responsibility in Preventing Alcohol Collisions and Teen Drinking (PACT). The PACT is for managers/owners of local establishments to create a committee and be the community “voice” in preventing alcohol sales to minors.