“The first of several programs will begin on May 23,” he said in a statement.
That Friday marks the end of the 2013-14 school year and the beginning of summer vacation.
Smith said it also generally means teen celebrations and an increase in the number of teen drivers on the roadways within the county.
The department’s Special Operations Division will participate in a number of traffic enforcement programs over the summer months.
The first of these programs, called School’s Out, will begin on the weekend of May 23 and 24 between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
“During this time frame, the Special Operations Division will conduct traffic enforcement actions using high visibility patrols along selected road networks and communities throughout Henry County to detect, deter, and reduce the number of underage drinking incidents and other unsafe driving habits during the summer months,” Smith said.
Officers will respond to calls of reports of large parties where underage drinking is suspected.
Adults are reminded that Georgia Code 3-3-23 prohibits furnishing alcohol beverages to underage drinkers and for person under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol.
“If it is determined that a violation of this code section has occurred, officers will take the appropriate enforcement action,” Smith said. “The Flint Circuit Drug Task Force will increase their detection and enforcement efforts to deter illegal alcohol and drugs sales to minors during this period.”
During this time, all motorists can expect some delays at predetermined DUI checkpoints after daylight hours. “Simple actions on the part of the motorist can help reduce the amount of time delayed at a checkpoint,”
To prevent unnecessary delays, motorists should have ready for inspection their vehicle operator’s license, vehicle registration card and wallet-size insurance card.
Motorist are reminded that Georgia Code 40-6-253 prohibits possession of open alcoholic beverage containers while in the passenger area of the motor vehicles.
“We believe that our teenagers are our legacy and our future,” Police Chief Keith Nichols said in a statement. “Our enforcement efforts over the summer months are to promote safety within our communities and the roadways throughout Henry County.”
He said the effort is a partnership effort between the department and the community.
“We are seeking the parents’ assistance in stressing to our teenagers the importance of not drinking and driving,” Nichols said. “Through a partnership with the community and strict law enforcement actions, together we can deter, and reduce the number of underage drinking incidents involving teens during the summer months.”