Unified effort to cool grad drinking

first_imgLANCASTER – Sheriff’s deputies will conduct extra patrols next week and check parties for underage drinking to combat high school graduation-time traffic fatalities. Palmdale and Lancaster motorcycle and traffic deputies will be patrolling streets after the June 8 and 9 graduation ceremonies of six local high schools, and campus deputies will keep an eye on local party spots and homes where neighbors complain about noise and out-of-control gatherings. “These are mostly good kids who are involved,” Lancaster sheriff’s station commander Capt. Carl Deeley said. “They think it’s a rite of passage. There’s peer pressure to drink to celebrate graduation.” Last year, the increased enforcement at graduation time seemed to work, officials said. There were no teens killed or seriously injured. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2After last year’s graduations, deputies checked on about 100 parties, but only about a half-dozen involved drinking or drugs. One of those was a pay-to-enter party that drew hundreds of young people to an Avenue N home. Deputies said they broke up that party as out-of-town gang members were trying to crash it. Deputies will also check “desert party” spots where young people congregate in uninhabited places. They also will be out on June 10, the day after the graduations. “A lot of times, they try to fake us out and wait until Saturday,” said Sgt. Darrel Brown, who will lead a 10-person unit of campus deputies checking on parties. Parents or others who deputies find have provided alcohol to teenagers will be cited, Brown said. They also face liability if someone they served gets into a crash, he added. More than 3,500 students are expected to graduate June 8 from Highland, Lancaster, Palmdale and Littlerock high schools and June 9 from Antelope Valley and Quartz Hill high schools. Sheriff’s deputies, city representatives and Antelope Valley Union High School District officials tied yellow ribbons on two patrol cars and a motorcycle Wednesday to announce the Safe and Sober Graduation campaign. “We’re serious. We have a team approach here,” Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said. “We’re asking for operators of stores that sell alcohol to join the team. We are asking parents to pay closer attention and to join the team. Collectively, we’re going to save some young people’s lives.” Here is a schedule of Antelope Valley Union High School District graduation ceremonies: Antelope Valley High School, 6 p.m. June 9, Antelope Valley High School, 44900 Division St., Lancaster. Highland High School, 2 and 6 p.m. June 8, Highland High School stadium, 39055 25th St. W., Palmdale. Lancaster High School, 2 p.m. June 8, Clear Channel Stadium, 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. Littlerock High School, 6 p.m. June 8, Littlerock High School stadium, 10833 E. Ave. R, Littlerock. Palmdale High School, 6 p.m. June 8, Clear Channel Stadium, 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. Quartz Hill High School, 6 p.m. June 9, Clear Channel Stadium, 45116 Valley Central Way, Lancaster. Desert Winds High School, 6 p.m. Friday, Desert Winds High School, 45030 3rd St. E., Lancaster. R. Rex Parris High School, 7 p.m. Thursday, R. Rex Parris High School, 38801 Clocktower Plaza Drive, Palmdale. Phoenix High School, 10 a.m. June 8, Antelope Valley Union High School District board room, 44811 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Adult education, 7 p.m. June 22, Lancaster High School, 44701 32nd St. W., Lancaster. Desert Pathways, 10 a.m. June 9, Desert Pathways, 6040 W. Ave. L, Quartz Hill.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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