After Fatal Wreck, IL Cities Move to Curb Teen Drinking


Two days after four teenagers were killed in an Oswego crash in which the driver has been charged with DUI, three police chiefs from suburban Chicago announced a program aimed at preventing alcohol abuse by teens, reports the Chicago Tribune. The chiefs from the Hinsdale, Oak Brook and Clarendon Hills Police Departments had planned their initiative, before the crash Sunday morning. The car was carrying eight teens and the 23-year-old driver from a party in Montgomery where alcohol was served, police said.

They are investigating the source of the alcohol. The driver of the car has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol. On Tuesday, the chiefs talked about expanding a program introduced in Hinsdale in 2004. Called Operation STAAT (Stop Teen Alcohol Abuse Together), it aims to get to the root of underage drinking early. Neighbors who suspect a teen party can anonymously call a hot line and are encouraged to record license plates of vehicles parked in the vicinity. The program also calls for community service for offenders.


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