Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -13 Vote up Vote down Turkeyleg · 226 weeks ago They say 17% of all accidents are account of alcohol, that leaves 83% of the other accidents are caused by sober drivers. So you tell me, which is more dangerous on the roads, the 17 drivers that are legally over the limit or the 83 drivers that are stone cold sober? I’m not sticking up for the drunks but shouldn’t there be more speakers that survived sober driver accidents. Hard telling how many people out there, like old ladies that are on “granny tranny’z” which make them drowsy are out there driving. So if some want to go by the odds, I’ll take my chances with the drunks. Report Reply 1 reply · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SCCDAT · 226 weeks ago In 2009 we had 2 young kids killed in alcohol related crashes. If we can prevent any more of these happening in Sumner Co. then we are going to keep preaching to the kids the dangers of underage drinking. We are not talking strictly about accidents we are talking about the binge drinking and the poor decisions one makes when under the influence of alcohol. You take your chances Turkeyleg we will keep informing the public to hopefully protect everyone from your philosophy. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Just saying · 226 weeks ago Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver (drunk driver). This is one (1) death every 53 minutes. in 2014, 9,697 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic related deaths in the United States. This does not account for the lives that were totally changed that weren’t fatalities. Statistics say nearly 3/4 of the students (72%) have drank (more than a few sips) by the end of high school. More than 1/3 (37%) drank by the 8th grade. *****These Town Hall meetings are great. Several years ago we took our teens to one. They were impressed….it has and did leave a positive impression.***** The meeting told how communities and the Commissioners could help as a whole working together. Several left an impression: 1) Do NOT sponsor Beer Gardens at your local events (such as Wheat Festivals)…do not block off public areas to allow drinking. For the city itself not to involve itself promoting drinking. That was the year our City Commission..sponsored the Beer Garden at the Festival…as well as an interest in one local tavern. Just saying… ***A 13 year old pointed this out…if you think they do not notice….you are dead wrong. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michelle · 226 weeks ago It’s not the undersge drinking it’s all parents n adults who drink n get behind a wheel. Parents are suppose to be example not to drink but when parents drink then the kids will to or peer pressure if people drink stay home or if at. Bar call a friend these kids like the saying monkey see monkey do so let’s all take responsibility not drink n drive. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” Â Underage drinking is something that is a cause for concern everywhere. In an effort to raise awareness, a town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, April 13 at Memorial Auditorium from 6-9 p.m.Free hotdogs, chips, and water will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a powerful message from speaker Jared Estes, survivor of a deadly drunk driving accident, which killed his young wife. After more than 50 surgeries to save his life, and defying medical odds, Estes is alive and well and has decided to “fire back” by becoming a public speaker and telling his story.“I think it’s important to raise awareness in the community that there is underage drinking, and there are organizations who are trying to help contain and prevent it,” said Darin Goodrum, Sumner County Community Drug Action Team (SCCDAT) Coordinator. “We’re not going to stop it, but we can raise awareness, which is what it’s all about.”The event is sponsored by the Sumner County Community Drug Action Team, or SCCDAT, in partnership with the Sumner County Law Enforcement Underage Drinking Task Force, and is funded by a state grant.SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a federal agency, encourages having Town Hall meetings every two years to help raise awareness of underage drinking.The Wellington City Council members will be participating in the event, as well as the local high school S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, which School Resource Officer James Yunker is in charge of. There are about 60 students involved in S.A.D.D. at the high school, and they will be doing a lot of volunteer work for the event. Mayor Shelley Hansel is a representive of SCCDAT and will emcee the event.“I think it’s very important,” Hansel said. “Underage drinking is not just a high school or parent or student issue, it’s a community issue, and one that we all have to take ownership in. Our businesses, our community leaders, all of us need to send a clear message that Wellington and Sumner County will not tolerate underage drinking or those who condone it.”Local law enforcement, as well as those from Oxford and Belle Plaine, will have drunk driving simulator goggles, and other equipment, for attendees to try out.“Our focus group for the meeting is 4th grade to high school age,” Goodrum said. “Statistics prove that kids take their first drink of alcohol at age 11 or 12.”The SCCDAT and S.A.D.D. groups will pass out cards for students to fill out and sign for a chance to win some great prizes, including hover boards, lap tops, head phones and gift cards.Follow us on Twitter.