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Police on the lookout for underage drinking

The Prescott Valley Police Department urges people to help stop underage drinking.

The summer season tends to bring an increase in parties that provide ample opportunities for poor decision making and underage drinking, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

"We want you to make the right decision and not drink if you are under 21," Bonney said. "We also strongly encourage adults and young adults who may provide alcohol to minors to refrain. It is illegal and there will be consequences for these actions."

In 2009, Prescott Valley police arrested 185 people for underage consumption of alcohol. This year, police have arrested 66 for underage drinking, including 11 arrests for people under 21 years old operating a motor vehicle with alcohol in their system.

As always, Prescott Valley police encourage anyone who chooses to consume alcohol to use a designated driver.

"We all live, play and work in this great community," Bonney said. "Please make the right, responsible decision to keep our community safe this weekend and always."

Prescott police encourage people to go to visit the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety's "Draw the line" website at and MATForce's website at to learn more.

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