NOTE: Although these plans were specifically listed for the "Out of Their Hands" campaign during April 2018, many of the listed enforcement and education strategies are ongoing throughout the year.
1st Circuit AET (Orangeburg, Dorchester, & Calhoun counties)
- The 1st Circuit AET members plan to air Parents Who Host PSAs on local radio stations.
- Prom Promise is planned for area schools.
- The Youth Coalition is involved with a Hashtag campaign competition in each school district. At the end of April, the school with the most "shares" and "likes" with their school hashtag will be given gift cards.
- “Is it worth it” prom promise cards in tuxedo and formal dress stores for prom.
- Local radio station plan random alcohol fact broadcasts for each week of April.
- Interviews are planned local radio shows concerning Alcohol Awareness month (April) and the OOTH campaign.
- Health Fairs are planned in area schools.
- Compliance Checks will be conducted in each county along with saturation patrols and party patrols.
- Local law enforcement has geared up for information from the public about prom parties where underage drinking is planned.
2nd Circuit AET (Aiken, Bamberg, & Barnwell counties)
- The 2nd Circuit AET will implement “Underage Drinking: The Risk Is Real” education and awareness campaign at Prom Assemblies at eight high schools in three Counties. AET partners will give students facts about the risks involved with underage alcohol use and how their decisions about drinking can change their lives forever.
- Local Law Enforcement and SLED will conduct Alcohol Compliance checks.
- Behavioral Health Service (BHS) Prevention staff will participate in a Health Fair at USC Aiken.
- BHS Prevention staff will disseminate alcohol awareness information at “A Taste of Blackville” community event.
- AET partners will distribute OOTH Campaign material at retail alcohol outlets.
- OOTH Campaign information and alcohol awareness information will be shared on the T2T (Time 2 Think) social media page.
3rd Circuit AET (Clarendon, Lee, Sumter, & Williamsburg counties)
The 3rd Circuit AET plans a press conference on April 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the Williamsburg County Sheriff's Office Training Room, 209 S. Jackson St., Kingstree, South Carolina. Enforcement activities will follow that afternoon in Williamsburg with compliance checks and then public safety checkpoints that evening in Clarendon.
3rd Circuit AET officers will pass OOTH material along to the public during compliance checks and other AET enforcement and education activities to bring about attention to the dangers and possible consequences of underage drinking.
AET partners plan participation in the Festival on the Avenue in Sumter on April 14 and the Striped Bass Festival in Manning on April 21. OOTH material will be distributed at the events.
4th Circuit AET (Marlboro, Chesterfield, Darlington, & Dillon counties)
- The 4th Circuit AET members will disseminate OOTH post cards to local high schools. The cards are being distributed to students with a focus for those participating in prom activities.
- Local and state law enforcement officers plan to speak at the high schools about alcohol.
- News releases will be distributed to local news media outlets to highlight collaborative efforts among local coalition stakeholders.
- The 4th Circuit LEN will hand out postcards at their checkpoints.
- Community meetings are planned to discuss alcohol.
- Prevention specialists with the county alcohol and drug commissions will participate with public education activities.
- Brochures will be distributed at local retail alcohol merchants to be given out to the public.
- The 4th Circuit AET partners will distribute OOTH window decals and magnets at local retail alcohol merchants to bring awareness to community members and merchants about underage drinking issues
- Additionally, 4th Circuit AET partners will hand out “Out of Their Hands” material at local community events being held in April such as festivals, rotary club events, etc.
5th Circuit AET (Richland & Kershaw counties)
6th Circuit AET (Fairfield, Lancaster, & Chester counties)
Chester County Activities:
- Prom Promise/Assemblies at 3 High Schools to reach 1,405 students in collaboration with SCHP
- Prom Promise Pledges for Parents at 3 High Schools to reach approximately 1,405 parents in collaboration with SCHP
- OOTH Hotel Flyers and Letters to hotels
- Newspaper Ad/Article on OOTH
- Collaboration with ECHO Coalition on a Prom Season Campaign for 2018 OOTH Blitz
- Distribution of Prom Cards to all Tuxedo and Prom Dress Shops to students who purchase tux and prom dresses.
Fairfield County Activities:
- Prom Promise/Assemblies at Fairfield Central High School to reach 800 students in collaboration with SCHP
- Prom Promise Pledges for Parents at Fairfield Central High School to reach approximately 800 parents in collaboration with SCHP
- OOTH Hotel Flyers and Letters to hotels
- Distribution of Prom Cards to all Tuxedo and Prom Dress Shops to students who purchase tux and prom dresses. Approximately 1,000 cards distributed.
Lancaster County Activities:
- Prom Promise/Assemblies at 4 High Schools to reach 4,400 students in collaboration with SCHP
- Prom Promise Pledges for Parents at 4 High Schools to reach approximately 4,400 parents in collaboration with SCHP
- OOTH Hotel Flyers and Letters to hotels
- Newspaper Ad/Article on OOTH
- Collaboration with Coalition for Healthy Youth & Law Enforcement on a Prom Season Campaign for the OOTH Blitz
- Distribution of Prom Cards to all Tuxedo and Prom Dress Shops to students who purchase tux and prom dresses. Approximately 2,000 cards distributed.
7th Circuit AET (Spartanburg & Cherokee counties)
- Multi-jurisdictional teams will conduct 7th Circuit-wide saturation patrols during the OOTH campaign.
- In collaboration with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Coroner and the Cherokee County School System, the Cherokee County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and their partners on the CAST Coalition and RADA Youth Coalition will hold Prom Bash at Gaffney and Blacksburg High Schools on the day of their respective proms.
- Students who are attending the prom spend the day interacting with officials, officers and prevention advocates. This event will reach 1,300-1,500 students.
- Permission is being sought for RADA to share letters with the students who will be attending the prom from middle school students.
- The RADA Youth Coalition will visit convenience stores throughout Cherokee county to share the OOTH stickers and posters.
- Gaffney Police Department and Blacksburg Police Department will be present at their respective proms.
- OOTH information will be disseminated through social media.
- A request is pending that OOTH magnets be displayed on DUI car from Gaffney Police Department.
- During March and April, the TAC Team will complete a high number of on and off-premises compliance checks throughout the county. The AET Coordinator follows up with each ticketed location, plus additional locations to offer supports and education.
- TAC Team members will be present at each high school prom in Spartanburg County.
- TAC Team members have speeches at schools throughout the county.
- Spartanburg County SO SRO’s (40) displaying OOTH signs on their vehicles.
- Inman Police Department, Duncan Police Department, and Woodruff Police Department are displaying OOTH signs on vehicles and various locations, including gas pumps.
- AET worked with local law enforcement agencies to plan high visibility enforcement activities that coincide with the Walk Like MADD event planned for the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia on April 14, 2018 – 2 Safety Checkpoints and 1 Saturation Patrol. Three local television stations will be notified.
- IMPACT Spartanburg Coalition and will share OOTH information and program pictures on their Facebook page and through Twitter.
- Local high schools and law enforcement agencies have committed to sharing IMPACT Spartanburg’s posts about OOTH
- Supporting alcohol-free after prom party at bowling alley.
8th Circuit AET (Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, & Newberry counties)
- The 8th Circuit AET Coordinator distributed OOTH materials to all alcohol retailers who attend PREP merchant education classes from February through May.
- The 8th Circuit AET Coordinator also distributed law enforcement officers and community partners for them to distribute community members.
- The 8th Circuit AET Coordinator provided OOTH materials to Laurens and Newberry County Coalitions to distribute to local community members.
- SC Highway Patrol Troopers will distribute “tux stuffers” to florist shops and tux rental outlets.
- Law enforcement agencies have been encouraged to increase their existing alcohol enforcement efforts during April.
- The 8th Circuit AET Coordinator will host a webinar training on how community coalitions can partner with law enforcement agencies to create effective media messages to increase the visibility of enforcement efforts.
- Cornerstone, the host agency for the 8th Circuit AET initiative, will utilize its Facebook page to promote OOTH messaging.
9th Circuit AET (Berkeley & Charleston counties)
- The 9th Judicial Circuit met in January with all law enforcement partners to plan for enhanced enforcement activities for the month of April. The entire 9th will be participating in the “Out of Their Hands” campaign. A recap meeting of the 9th Judicial Circuit will be held in May.
- AET partners are continuing to conduct monthly compliance checks within both counties and each municipality. In addition party dispersals, public safety check points and bar checks/fake IDs are enforced. All of these efforts will be increased during April.
- Berkeley County Prevention Board and the RU21 Team continue their “RU21 Underage Alcohol Media Campaign and Tip Line”. Community members are encouraged to Text or Call the anonymous tip line to report underage alcohol sales or parties. 843-899-RU21
- The Berkeley/Charleston AET Team along with the Kennedy Center Prevention Staff will be providing Prom Cards to local high schools, tuxedo rental sites and flower shops that provide the cost of prom and graduation on one side and the cost of underage drinking and drug use on the other side. All county high school prom dates and sites have been identified. Law enforcement, Prevention Staff and Prevention Board members will be participating in prom activities to include presentations, safety fairs and enforcement.
- April Is Alcohol Awareness Month and will be reinforced through the efforts of the Kennedy Center Prevention Staff, the Berkeley County Prevention Board, the Charleston Center Prevention Staff, the RU21 Team and the Berkeley/Charleston AET Team. This will be accomplished through presentations, press releases/media campaign and enforcement activities.
- Kennedy Center Prevention Staff, the Berkeley County Prevention Board, the RU21 Team and the Berkeley/Charleston AET Team will be hosting 2 Community PREP Trainings in May. During the month of April prevention staff, volunteers and law enforcement partners will be providing flyers to area retailers inviting them to participate in these free trainings. The PREP trainings will be in two areas of the county, co-sponsored by the Goose Creek Police Department in their Training Room and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office in their Training Room.
Berkeley County Prevention Board and the RU21 Team are unveiling their “RU21 Underage Alcohol Media Campaign and Tip Line in the month of April. The corresponding artwork and billboard design has already won an ADDY award in the Coastal Region. A Public Service Announcement has been released as a joint project of the AET and the RU21 Team.
10th Circuit AET (Anderson & Oconee counties)
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office plans to conduct various enforcement operations to support stepped up OOTH focus. Anderson County Sheriff's Office personnel plan to distribute OOTH material to educate businesses about alcohol over-service and alcohol sales to individuals under 21 years old.
Oconee County Sheriff's Office deputies plan to have a presence at high school proms on Saturday, April 14 for West-Oak High School at the Light House Restaurant, Saturday, April 21 for Seneca High School at SHS, and Saturday, April 28 for Walhalla High School at the Light House Restaurant.
11th Circuit (Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, & McCormick counties)
Edgefield and McCormick counties
- McCormick County is hosting a FREE PREP class on April 19th from 9am-12:30pm. They will be distributing OOTH information to local merchants to promote the free class and for display.
- The McCormick County AET is partnering with Crimestoppers for an underage drinking initiative. This campaign provides a call to action to the public about prevention and reporting underage drinking. Press Conference on April 12 at 10:30 am at LRADAC (2711 Colonial Drive; Columbia, SC). A billboard in Lexington in Out of Their Hands.
- Other activities are being planned that will educate community members about the problem of underage drinking.
12th Circuit AET (Florence and Marion counties)
The 12th Judicial Circuit will be conducting a variety of initiatives in the Florence and Marion County areas to reduce the use of alcohol by youth during the 2018 Prom season and its related activities.
- Through the "Don't Let Underage Drinking Ruin Your Prom" campaign, the 12th Circuit partners continue to make the community aware of the issues surrounding underage drinking.
- The effort includes a community education and awareness campaign that includes a community summit, press conference and extensive six-week media coverage.
- Plans also include screening “Don’t let Underage Drinking Ruin your Prom” ads at local movie theaters and on local television
- The plans feature a half page advertisement in local newspapers
- A press story in local newspaper to afford youth and parents awareness of AET activities during prom season
- Coordination of prom season activities that includes: neighborhood party patrols, school parking lot sweeps, high visibility at prom sites, restaurant walk throughs during prom night, and the monthly compliance checks with source investigations as needed.
13th Circuit AET (Greenville & Pickens counties)
- The 13th Circuit will conduct compliance checks, shoulder taps & party dispersals during April as a part of the OOTH campaign.
- Strict bar and nightclub enforcement will also continue to deter underage drinking at these establishments.
- In addition to enforcement, officers and behavioral health service prevention personnel will conduct numerous speaking engagements to educate the community on the dangers of underage drinking during prom season.
- Media personnel will accompany law enforcement on ride-alongs to raise awareness concerning underage drinking enforcement
- Local SLED agents will be assisting with these operations as well.
- The Phoenix Center commissioned three billboards concerning prescription and other drug information. The billboards are meant to complement the work in Greenville County concerning OOTH.
14th Circuit AET (Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, & Jasper counties)
- Allendale County AET partners contacted university officials and participated in a community event on the USC – Salkehatchie campus.
- 14th Circuit AET partners are sharing “Out of Their Hands” materials throughout the Allendale County at local businesses and schools.
- Colleton County KEYS Coalition is distributing “Out of Their Hands” materials throughout the community.
- Law enforcement has several activities planned and Colleton Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has also partnered with the high school for some activities.
- Hampton County AET partners are going door to door to speak to citizens regarding the issue of underage drinking.
- Hampton County School Resource Officers are also implementing activities with the youth at the high schools.
- “Out of Their Hands” materials are also being shared throughout the community.
- Jasper County partners will disburse “Out of Their Hands” materials to local businesses and are provide education to the high schools regarding the negative effects of alcohol use.
- Beaufort County partners are also disbursing “Out of Their Hands” materials throughout their community.
- The Beaufort County partners are also reaching out to their local high schools and colleges and are providing educational materials as well as having students participate in the DUI Experience.
- Law Enforcement in all five counties (Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties) are partnering with SLED to conduct alcohol compliance checks during April and May.
- Hampton County law enforcement distributed OOTH materials to multiple alcohol outlets in the county. The pictures of outlets are shown in the slideshow below.
15th Circuit AET (Georgetown & Horry counties)
- For Out of Their Hands the 15th Circuit will be working with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to conduct compliance checks during prom and spring break season. There will be a significant increase for on premise locations to ensure the local bars and restaurants are checking the IDs of all patrons.
- Local law enforcement agencies will continue to conduct regular bar inspections to make sure the employees are not serving to underage.
- Press releases will be sent out at the beginning and end of the month of April explaining OOTH and AET’s main goal to media sites in Horry and Georgetown counties.
- The AET Coordinator will be increasing casual contacts in Horry and Georgetown counties. Retail outlets will be provided educational information on underage drinking, along with OOTH materials to display in their establishments. Information on the merchant education class PREP will also be dispersed.
- AET will collaborate with the Horry County CAST Coalition for Project Prom. Information and promotional items will be disseminated at various schools during the week of prom. There will be different presentations throughout prom week to the students discussing consequences and the importance of making good choices during prom/spring break. A “crashed car” will be delivered to participating schools the week of prom with a statistic that says, “There is a DUI-related crash every 23 hours in Horry County”.
- AET will assist the Horry County CAST Coalition for a Teens & Public Safety kickball tournament that will be held at Coastal Carolina University. AET will be setting up a booth and handing out giveaways and educational information to youth and their parents.
- AET will work with Shoreline Behavioral Health Services’ Youth Advisory Board to implement the Sticker Shock Campaign. The youth will be going into retail outlets that sell alcohol to talk about Out of Their Hands and put up OOTH stickers on their doors/in their establishment.
- Prevention staff from Shoreline BHS will be providing educational presentations on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to different high school classes.
16th Circuit AET (York & Union counties)
The main components of the April OOTH campaign involve education, media, and enforcement. As such, the following items are the April OOTH activities are planned for the 16th Circuit.:
Send reminders to local PACT leaders (Preventing Alcohol Collisions and Teen Drinking) about obtaining PREP training for new servers, bartenders, and other staff and encourage the PACT members to continue leading the way in York County with their prevention policies on checking IDs and over-service.
Conduct a “Prom Pledge” Assembly at the 7 high schools during prom week. The schools partnered with Keystone Substance Abuse Services, AAA, local substance abuse prevention coalition-All On Board, OTS Media, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Law Enforcement, Palmetto Pregnancy Center, York, and Chester County Coroner’s Office, and 2 personal stories. During the assembly, AET members will offer students the opportunity to join a texting campaign and commit to remain safe and sober. The morning of each school’s prom, every student will receive a text message reminding them of the pledge.
Mail “Out Of Their Hand” post-cards and transmit “Parents Who Host the Most Lose the Most” flyers to all parents within the 4 school districts via mail as well as online in the school’s parent communication services called, “Peach Jar.”
Partner with York County Coroner’s Office, York County Mothers Against Drunk Driving, City of Rock Hill Community Services Officer, Executive Director from the local substance abuse prevention coalition-All On Board, and Keystone Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists to deliver Out Of Their Hands signs, stickers, and magnets in person to retailers and hotels surrounding each high school’s prom location. The intent is to promote a healthy conversation on how to deny alcohol sales to minors and report risky behaviors.
AET will partner with SLED (State Law Enforcement Division) to conduct alcohol compliance checks on licensed alcohol retail establishments.
During each high school prom night, AET will actively work around the event to prevent underage drinking and disperse parties.
The 16th Circuit OOTH Committee partnered with Mother Against Drunk Driving and the York County Alcohol Enforcement Team to submit a press release discussing the 2018 Walk Like MADD event which will implement checkpoints across South Carolina and locally in York County on April 14 and discuss local AET and OOTH plans to prevent underage drinking and DUIs.
Additionally, the press release discusses the consequences/fines/fees/jail sentence of parents who host parties and what can happen to teenagers who get caught drinking. Teens are encouraged to participate in alcohol-free activities post-prom.
Partner with OTS Media Group: WRHI/Interstate 170/and The Bridge to share underage drinking facts and consequences over the local radio stations throughout the month of April and May.