Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

Some East Valley students are taking part in an unusual project called "shoulder tapping."

The teens, working with the Mesa Prevention Alliance, approach adults at convenience, liquor, and grocery stores and tap them on the shoulder and ask them to buy alcohol.

"When we first started, about 30 percent of adults were saying yes," said Karen Frias-Long with the alliance. "We've seen the numbers dropping."

Since the program began about one year ago, Frias-Long said about 200 taps have been performed.

"We've had elderly grandmas saying yes to our youth," said Frias-Long. "We've had disabled people saying yes to our youth, so it runs the gamut."

Frias-Long said not many adults get angry, but many are embarrassed when, after saying yes, the teen signals a police officer who appears and explains the law. No tickets are issued because Frias-Long said the focus is on education and increasing awareness.

"It's not just purchasing the alcohol, but what happens after," she said. "Are they driving? Are they involved in risky behavior or the potential of being a victim of crime."

The Mesa Prevention Alliance started the project after a survey revealed many children were getting alcohol from adults.

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

    SCF Arizona has a new name. They are now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company.
  • Taylor Morrison

    World Class People. World Class Company. We are a national home builder committed to building homes inspired by you.
  • Go Daddy

    World Class People. World Class Company. Go Daddy is a Fortune 100 "Best Companies to Work For."
  • Avnet

    World Class People. World Class Company. Here's information on a Fortune 500 company from Arizona.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Working For Arizona

    The business and economics of Arizona at the start of 2014 and looking forward.
  • Arizonans In Need

    Putting a focus on charities and organizations who provide help and/or need your help to fulfill their missions.