As we all know, December is a month filled with holiday traditions, parties and time spent with family and friends. The holiday season is also a time when the safety of others is put at risk. In order to prevent traffic crashes, fatalities and other tragedies that are so prevalent at this time of year, President Obama has declared December 2014 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
Gwinnett United In Drug Education, Inc. (GUIDE) is also making efforts to keep our community safe and help save the lives of others by raising awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and reminding adults that providing alcohol to those under 21 is illegal and unsafe.
With the help of wonderful youth and adult volunteers, GUIDE had its second successful Sticker Shock campaign of the year! This month, GUIDE placed 1,996 warning stickers, 17 warning glass clings, and 6 warning posters in 9 alcohol retail stores in Gwinnett County highlighting the penalties for providing alcohol to minors.
Members of GUIDE’s Youth Advisory Board were grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in Gwinnett by participating in the campaign. They had some positive words to share about their experience.
“Sticker Shock was more than just discussing statistics in a room full of people. We actually went out and took actions to prevent underage alcohol use. I loved feeling like I was actually making an impact.” Charlene from Norcross High School
“I know I can make a difference just by putting a sticker on a box.” Abby from Mountain View High School
“We are educating and reaching several people in one action.” Cayce from Norcross High School
GUIDE wants to thank the following alcohol retailers for participating in their Sticker Shock campaign this month and for helping prevent underage drinking:
29 Package, Best 4 Less, and Everest Food Mart in Lilburn; Gulf Food Mart, Norcross Food Mart, Shell Food Mart and Supermercado Exito in Lawrenceville; Beverage Superstore and Way Crest Exxon in Grayson
Happy New Year from GUIDE! We hope you will join us in working together for a safe and healthy Gwinnett.