As students prepare to head back to school, a coalition of Topeka-area law enforcement agencies and civic groups is launching a new campaign aimed at cracking down on underage drinking. Lynn Smith, the Youth Development Coordinator for the "Safe Streets" organization in Topeka, says the campaign will involve the distribution of lanyards for kids to wear that keep their student IDs handy, along with some other important information:
Smith says this fall's effort is the latest in a series of moves to stop underaged drinking. Last spring, Crime Stoppers began offering cash rewards for information related to teen drinking parties. The reward incentive produced several tips that led to charges being filed against adult hosts of teen drinking parties.