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Students in Arizona State University residence halls arrived to see posters urging them to call 911 if they see someone who is unconscious. Other posters ask, “Who is the designated driver tonight?”
(BPT) - College may provide the first opportunity for many young adults to make important health decisions for themselves. In its Healthy Campus 2020 objectives, the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Coalition highlights a number of important topics for improving the health of college students, including vaccine-preventable diseases, nutrition and physical activity, substance abuse, mental health, and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Southern Arizona DUI Task Force deployed from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., in the Tucson-Pima County area to detect, investigate, and remove those drivers found to be impaired to the slightest degree from the use of alcohol and/or drugs on the public highways and streets of the community. The Task Force consisted of officers from the Tucson Police Department, Marana Police Department, University of Arizona Police Department, Tucson Airport Authority Police Department, the Pima County Sheriff's Department, the National Park Service, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. During the deployment there were no fatal collisions.
Marana – On Saturday, Aug. 10, at about 4:31 p.m., Marana Police responded to a caller who said a male could not pay his taxi fare. The caller said she drove the man from the Marriot Hotel in Sierra Vista to a building at West Orange Grove Road. When they arrived the male said he couldn’t pay the fare. The caller said they only accept cash, which the man did not have. He had a debit card but had a negative balance of about $139. The man could not contact his wife and had no one who could give him money. The man was arrested for theft of services.
Drunk driving continues to be a major public safety hazard nationwide. And when inexperienced teen drivers are behind the wheel, the problem is magnified.
Books for the young adult audience have always had their own charm and adult fans, but recently it seems that many have taken off and found mainstream success that goes far beyond a teen audience. The next one to do that may just be “Flicker” by Melanie Hooyenga.
On Sunday, an unusual day for a court to be held in Ohio, a judge found two high school football players guilty of rape. In what became a short trial that divided the football-crazed Rust Belt town of Steubenville, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, were found guilty of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl.
On Dec. 4 between 7:00am and 3:00pm the Marana Police Department will be conducting an Impaired Driving Education and Awareness Demonstration at Marana High School.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1:44 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 10600 block of North Ponticello Court in response to a burglary. Police were shown two construction trailers that had been broken into and a vehicle that had been damaged and pushed over a cliff. The construction manager told police he first noticed tools strewn around the desert. He started to pick them up and then noticed the door to one of trailers had been kicked in. He then called the police. He said nothing appeared to have been stolen. The damaged vehicle had all of the windows smashed out, the front bumper was removed and thrown into the desert, the headliner was ripped, and then it was pushed off a cliff. The damage to the trailers was about $415 and damage to the car was about $2,950.
On Wed., Nov. 2, at 7:49 a.m., Oro Valley police responded to the 1300 block of West Rose Quartz Place in response to a burglary. The victim said she noticed three bicycles missing from her garage, which was left halfway open through the night. The victim was missing two BMX-style bikes, each valued at $300 and one road-style bicycle valued at $3,000.
On Friday, Aug. 12, at 8:03 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the area of Hardy Road and Northern Avenue in response to a person who appeared to be intoxicated and walking into traffic. The person was wearing dark-colored shorts, no shirt and a backpack. When police arrived, they found the subject in a nearby church’s common area and noticed him fall down several times. The underage suspect said he had been drinking and gave a Breathalyzer reading of .252. He was arrested, cited and released for a minor consumption. Police then drove him to his nearby apartment.
One beer, two beers, three beers – what’s the harm in one more?
Energy drinks mixed with alcohol are becoming a popular choice for underage drinkers. With a high alcohol content mixed with caffeine, the drinks are considered to be more dangerous than alcohol alone. Due to the effects, the Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on drink manufacturers, requiring them to remove the high caffeine content. Companies such as Phusion Projects, the maker of the popular drink Four Loko, seen above, was one of those warned by the FDA. Even with the changes being made, energy drinks remain popular among teen drinkers.
April brings about excitement for teens as they make plans for prom and graduation. This time of year is a high-risk time for underage drinking. As parents and guardians, being informed and prepared can keep our children safe.
OV hosts 1st virtual Council on Your Corner
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Over holiday, task force made 57 DUI arrests
An effort to combat underage drinking in Marana resumed Tuesday, when law enforcement, community members and representatives of the Marana Northwest Community Partnership Coalition shared information on preventive programs.
DUI task force makes 55 arrests over the Fourth
Officers from police departments within the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force — among them, Marana, Oro Valley, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Pima College and the Arizona Department of Public Safety — made 34 arrests of possibly impaired drivers on Dec. 31, a release said.
A business in Marana is giving $5,000 to help deter underage drinking in the community.
An effort to deter sales of alcohol to underage and intoxicated people is being launched Wednesday afternoon in Marana.