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Our Turn: Sober graduation — together we can make a difference

Graduation season is a time of celebration for teenagers and their families, providing lifetime memories. Unfortunately, it is also a time when teens encounter situations that may lead them to make bad decisions such as underage drinking or drug use.

We are very proud of the vast majority of our students who frequently make responsible decisions that keep them and their friends safe, particularly those who made pledges and participate in Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence.

We would like to encourage our scholars to be responsible in their celebrations and to make this a sane and sober end of the school year.

We would also like to encourage our parents to be mindful of end-of-the-year celebrations and the opportunities to influence your children to act responsibly. Providing alcohol to minors is against the law and even the best of intentions provide a recipe for disaster.

We have been fortunate in that we have not had any alcohol or drug-related fatalities as a result of end-of-the-year celebrations as other communities have. But we shouldn’t let our guard down. As a community, we need to continue our vigilant efforts to do everything possible to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

We are reminding merchants, hotels, vendors, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, parents, and students about the dangers of underage drinking and to remember that incidents and fatalities involving teens and alcohol are tragic and can be prevented because it is against the law in every state for young people to consume alcohol.

TTUSD and Truckee Police have partnered with Placer, Nevada and El Dorado County sheriffs in addition to other law enforcement agencies to monitor the end-of-the-year activities.

In the Truckee region, Truckee Police will coordinate the patrols of areas known to attract underage drinking parties. Over the last few months, in addition to enforcement activities, TTUSD, TPD, and their partners initiated a number of prevention campaigns to inform our students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

We want all of our graduates and continuing students to be with us in the future.

Also, we encourage teens who want to extend their celebration to consider attending the safe graduation activities including Project Grad. High school students in Tahoe-Truckee are very fortunate to have parents, businesses, communities, and law enforcement that care enough to provide for a safe graduation experience.

Together, we will make a difference.

The above is a joint safety reminder from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent Robert Leri and Truckee Police Department Chief Adam McGill.

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