As recent high school grads hit area beaches, police warn about underage drinking

WASHINGTON — As the class of 2018 says goodbye to high school in the D.C. area, recent graduates may be heading to Ocean City, Maryland, for “Senior Week” or other beaches within driving distance.

But for those under 21-years-old planning their celebrations and summer vacations, Maryland State Police are reminding them to be careful.

As part of their “Lose the Booze” campaign, state police are teaming up with local law enforcement officials to tackle the expected increase in underage drinking, and impaired, distracted and aggressive driving on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Just this year, from June 1 to 3, law enforcement officials made over 900 traffic stops, issued 634 warnings and five citations for underage drinking, and made 11 DUI arrests in Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties, state police said in a press release.

This campaign will run throughout the summer, state police said.

And, state police remind that, according to Maryland law, there are hefty fines involved in underage drinking: up to a $500 fine for those under 21 cited for possession of alcohol and up to a $2,500 fine for those cited for supplying alcohol to those under 21.

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