Maui Economic Opportunity (MEO) will hold an Underage Drinking Prevention Town Hall on Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 99 Mahalani St. in Wailuku. The event is put on with the support of Hawai'i Partners Preventing Underage Drinking (HPPUD), County of Maui, state of Hawai'i Department of Health, the Maui Police Department and Mother's Against Drunk Driving.
This informative meeting will shine light on how alcohol affects the community, family and individuals and what kinds of efforts are being made to prevent, treat and educate the community. Guest speakers include Andrea Maniag, a mother who lost her son in an underage drinking and fatal car accident last year that killed five Kula youth. Also speaking will be Maui Police Officer Rusty Lawson, who was one of the first responders at the scene of that fatal accident. He will speak about what he saw that night and the effects it had on the community.
According to information provided by the Maui Police Department, 968 DUI arrests were made in Maui County in 2012. Of these 228 were operating a vehicle and arrested following an accident, 80 were juveniles under 21 years of age and nine were juveniles under 18.
Hawaii Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking
For more information, contact Amanda Sutton, program coordinator of Underage Drinking Prevention, MEO Inc., Youth Services Department, or call 243-4324.