Community Group Takes To Santa Monica Streets To Stop Underage Drinking

Friday, 14 Mar 2014, 10:43:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Members of the Westside Impact Coalition in Santa Monica take to the streets in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, distributing door hangers.
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Members of the Westside Impact Coalition in Santa Monica take to the streets in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, distributing door hangers.

Members of the Westside Impact Coalition in Santa Monica will take to

the streets today in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,

distributing door hangers to Santa Monica neighborhood residents that

remind adults throwing parties not to allow minors under 21 access to

alcohol.

The Coalition will focus on the north of Montana and Ocean Park neighborhoods in Santa Monica.

The Coalition said St. Patrick’s Day ranks as one of the deadliest holidays in terms of drunken driving deaths.

"The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA)

reports that alcohol-impaired crashes claimed a life every 53 minutes in

2011," the Coalition said. "On St Patrick's Day alone, more than a

third of fatalities from motor vehicle crashes -- 34 percent -- were

connected to drunk driving, according to NHTSA. The national average for

alcohol impaired fatalities in 2011 was 31 percent."

The Coalition said house parties were consistently cited as the

primary sources from which minors obtain alcohol, according to national

and local research.

"The results are too often tragic," the Coalition said. "Research

shows that underage drinking is associated with increased risk of

traffic crashes, illicit drug use, sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning

and other problem behaviors including violence and suicide."

The Westside Impact Coalition is a group of local parents, educators,

health professionals, business people and others advocating for

effective solutions to reduce problems related to alcohol in Santa

Monica and Venice.

For more information about the Westside Impact Coalition, or to become involved, visit www.westsideimpactproject.org.

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