Campaign to prevent underage drinking launched

During a press conference on preventing underage drinking, Florida Highway Patrol Regional Commander Grady Carrick said that clerks in Kangaroo stores around Florida will now be using a handbook similar to those used by FHP to identify legitimate licenses from around the nation.

Karen Voyles/Staff
Published: Monday, June 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:12 p.m.

This past week, Anheuser-Busch and the The Pantry's 448 Kangaroo Express stores in Florida were in Gainesville to announce a joint underage drinking prevention campaign.

Representatives of the Florida Highway Patrol and Gainesville Police also were on hand for the kickoff at the Kangaroo on Southwest 34th Street just south of Archer Road.

"Our sales staff is part of the solution," said Brad Williams, a senior vice president for The Pantry. Williams said the campaign will include enhanced training for employees at all Kangaroos, including training on how to use a driver's license guide similar to the one used by FHP.

The guide provides full-color examples of current and former driver's license styles for all 50 states and all U.S. territories, as well as from the Canadian provinces and territories and from Mexico.

"The driver's license guide is critical in a place like the University of Florida, where there are people from all over," Williams said.

FHP's regional commander, Chief Grady Carrick, said the partnership between the beer company and the convenience store chain is important because "we all play a part in keeping our communities and roadways safe, and this program will do just that."

"The Florida Highway Patrol sees firsthand the tragic consequences all too often associated with underage drinking," Carrick said.

Gainesville Police Department spokesman Lt. Keith Kameg said his agency supports a variety of efforts to reduce underage drinking.

"We realize this is not a problem we can arrest our way out of," Kameg said.

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