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News stories tagged with "alcohol-abuse"

Counties fear costs of "Leandra's Law"

A majority of New York's counties have asked for a delay in implementation of a new state law toughening penalties for people who drive drunk with children in the vehicle.

The new law mandates monitoring devices in the cars of some people convicted under "Leandra's Law." County probation heads say the devices are a good idea, but they're expensive, and the state hasn't provided any help in paying for them. They call the extra costs an "unfunded mandate" -- and an unfair burden in tough economic times.

Gov. David Paterson says he won't grant a delay, and he wants implementation plans by June 15. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Project Targets Underage Drinkers' Suppliers

A local campaign against underage drinking begins today in St. Lawrence County. "Project Sticker Shock" targets adults who may be tempted to buy alcohol for minors. About 140 students will begin the sticker campaign today at grocery and convenience stores and alcohol retailers across the county. Ruth Fishbeck runs the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative. The idea, she says, is to place bright green warning stickers on packs of beer and wine coolers that list the penalties for providing underage drinkers with alcohol.  Go to full article

State Grant Helps Promote Alcohol-Free Events

With the help of a state grant, St. Lawrence University is hoping to stem the tide of alcohol abuse among students on and off its campus. The University is offering funding for alcohol-free events in the Canton area through a campus-community partnership. Jody Tosti tells us more on how local groups can sign-up for the program.  Go to full article

Snowmobiles & Alcohol: part 2 of a 3-part series

This winter, more than twenty people have died in New York while riding snowmobiles. The North Country has seen a rash of serious accidents, sending dozens more people to the hospital. State officials say drunk riders cause too many of these crashes. Some in the sport say the snowmobile industry should end its long association with bars and alcohol. In this second part of our series on snowmobile safety, Brian Mann reports that there's also a push to toughen laws that punish those who drink and ride.  Go to full article

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