Concerned adults, teachers, students and friends have a place to call 24 hours a day to report underage drinking parties or other activities that are harmful to the health, safety, and/or welfare of young people.
It’s now a lot easier to report such parties anonymously anywhere in Western New York, through an Underage Drinking Hotline number that’s easy to remember: (800) 851-1932, with the last four digits representing the last full year of Prohibition before it was repealed.
The number reaches the 8 counties of Western New York plus Monroe County and 4 counties to the East.
What happens when you make a call? The call center will notify the Sheriff's Department. If the party location is in the jurisdiction of another police agency the information will be promptly routed to the appropriate agency who will respond.
52% of New York State student’s reported that their parents had never talked to them about the dangers of underage drinking. Talking to your kids is the best way to ensure that youth are not participating in harmful activities. Visit http://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parents to learn how to start the conversation!
The tipline is anonymous, confidential and free. By providing basic information a difference can be made, tragedy diverted and lives saved.
Pat Crowley (Left) Sarah May (right) place tipline lawn signs in Orleans County to increase public awareness.