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Police, students and community members bring Sticker Shock

(Pictured) Group photo in Fair Haven Travel Center with staff members Andrea Mithell, Assistant Manager, Peter Laramie, and Steven Pitanellp.

FAIR HAVEN-Recently, students from Fair Haven Union High School's Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapters, the Rutland Police Explorers, and the Lakes Region Police Cadets did Project Sticker Shock in four stores in Fair Haven. The team went to the Shaw's, Fair Haven Travel Center, Fair Haven Smart Shop, and the Liberty Market, the Fair Haven Liquor Store.

Sticker Shock is a program that is designed to dissuade adults from buying alcoholic beverages for minors. Sticker Shock also assists responsible sellers of beer and "alcopops", sugary malt beverages that were formerly called "wine coolers". Surveys of teens nationally show that the largest source of alcohol for those who do drink is from others, rather than stores directly. Males tend to get beer from their older friends or from people they meet near the store and ask to buy beer for them. Females tend to get alcohol

In the future, more stores will be signing on to the Sticker Shock Program. Sticker Shock places warning signs in the store, with the consent of the store, that advise people that providing alcohol to minors is a criminal offense which can carry a possible jail term of up to five years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000 (in cases where death or serious bodily injury occurs). Additionally, stickers are put on larger packages of beer and wine coolers (12, 18, 24, and 30 packs), to add additional warnings.

The students were accompanied by Fair Haven Police Officer Sherry Prouty, the Fair Haven High School Resource Officer and Explorer Advisor, Fair Haven PD Chief William Humphries, Tina Coltey and Emily Knapp, the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition's Director and Assistant Director, Fred Capron, a Lakes Region Police Cadets Advisor, and John D'Esposito, the SADD Chapter Advisor.

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