Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $300,000)
The goal of the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program is to support and enhance State efforts, in cooperation with local jurisdictions, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages, or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors. For the purpose of the program, minors are defined as individuals under 21 years of age.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will continue to utilize OJJDP funds to enforce and educate students on the perils associated with underage drinking. Grants will be established with local law enforcement to enforce and educate teens on the dangers of underage drinking and drinking and driving. KDOT has hired a media contractor to produce advertisements that will deter under drinking in the state. This contractor will seek input from students, parents and other safety advocates on what type of messages will be effective to reach the target audience. KDOT has secured a contract with the largest county by population in the state to continue their efforts in educating teens. This group will continue to empower students with the tools to educate in their local community and schools. KDOT will continue to be a part of the Kansas Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free committee. This committee is represented by many groups that play a large role in the underage drinking arena in the State. The Youth Leadership Summit will continue in their efforts to deter underage drinking by educating community groups of teens on ideas they can implement in their own community. This broad based effort should lead to reductions in underage drinking throughout the State of Kansas. NCA/NCF