Muskegon County launches ‘Party Patrol’ targeting teens

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD)— Muskegon County teenagers beware: the “Party Patrol” is here.

The Party Patrol program targets underage drinking, which involves 44 percent of Muskegon County high school students, according to the 2012 Youth Behavior Study for Muskegon County.

The people behind Muskegon’s Silent Observer program teamed up with the Alcohol Liability Initiative and the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce to roll out the campaign, which launched last week. The program encourages community members to call authorities if they encounter underage drinking. Tips can be made anonymously by calling 231-72-CRIME or texting MKGTIP to 274637.

Party Patrol banners will be on display at all Muskegon County football games throughout the season. Organizers are also planning to create public service announcements.

Muskegon County is already making progress in curbing underage drinking; recent alcohol use by youth dropped 38 percent between 2008 and 2014, according to ALI.

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