Chuck Slemp on Sticker Shock Project

According to the results of the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the vast majority of underage drinkers did not pay for the last alcoholic beverage they drank, but rather, the most common avenue for them to obtain it was through an older non-relative of theirs. The Virginia Sticker Shock Project is intended to raise awareness of Commonwealth laws that pertain to underage drinking.
Five Southwest Virginia High Schools, along with students from the University of Virginia at Wise will be posting warning stickers on alcohol products at regional convenience stores this weekend. Also taking part in the program will be area prosecutors, law enforcement officers and volunteers from the community.
Chuck Slemp III, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton believes it possible that individuals may not be aware of just how severe the penalties are in Virginia for anyone using a fake ID or for anyone providing alcohol to young people under the legal age of 21.
Slemp commented, “In Virginia, the ignorance of the law is no defense so just because you don’t know the law does not give you an excuse to violate the laws. What we want to make sure of is that we prevent it and that’s why I’m thrilled to participate in this program.”

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