Sheriff’s office cracking down on underage spring break drinking

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SARASOTA COUNTY - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a targeted operation to protect the safety of students enjoying spring break, as well as area residents and visitors.

Operation Dry Spring is a statewide effort of Florida Sheriffs to crack down on underage alcohol sales, and protect Florida’s youth from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The use of drugs and alcohol, particularly by students on spring break who might be experimenting with their freedom, can lead to poor decision making and in turn, to emergency medical situations such as overdoses and alcohol-related injuries. It can also result in civil citations or criminal charges that put an end to spring break fun and potentially impact the student’s future.

In addition to enhanced enforcement efforts, Sheriff Tom Knight partnered with Clear Channel Radio to air a public service announcement on two of its local stations, 105.9 WTZB and 106.5 WCTQ, reminding students to be smart about underage drinking, drunk driving and synthetic drugs.

Clear Channel enriched the campaign to add a “Don’t Drink and Drive” challenge for 106.5 WCTQ listeners, and those who make the pledge on their web site will be entered to win a pair of 2013 Country Megatickets to eight amazing concerts between May and October. Listen to both stations and visit to take the pledge.