The weather is turning mild as springtime approaches, and that means the number of underage drinking arrests will likely be on the rise.  It is by no means a fair-weather only crime, but it does seem to ramp up when temperatures rise. One of the additional problems associated with underage drinking is the fact that many young people choose to drive after they have been drinking.

Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Francis says the biggest thing parents can do to influence their children in a positive way is to set a good example.

Francis comments

Last weekend, six teens were arrested by State Police at an alleged underage drinking party in Jersey County. Aside from the legal issues that can stem from an underage drinking arrest, medical studies show of those adults who started drinking before age 15, about 40 percent have signs of alcohol dependency.

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