KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Announces Funding to Reduce Underage Drinking in Kentucky
Date of News Release: 12/01/10
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced today that the agency is accepting grant proposals for underage drinking prevention projects.
KSP serves as the designated state administrator for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant. The funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) block grant.
Through the federal program, KSP will make available over $300,000 in grant funds for Kentucky projects that address the dangers of underage drinking.
"Enforcement is vital to reducing underage drinking in Kentucky, but it must be accompanied by an educational component that will bring awareness about the serious dangers involved," said Brewer. "These federal dollars will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking."
"The key is being vigilant in changing the social perception that underage drinking is a rite of passage for youth," said Brewer. "When in actuality, it is a dangerous drug that is proven to reduce brain activity in young people, resulting in dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences."
Programs that have been funded in the past include: retail enforcement and education, campus enforcement projects, youth-led multi-media projects, community coalitions and student alcohol education programs.
"EUDL grant activities specifically target the ability of youth to gain access to alcohol," remarked Brewer. "Kentucky's youth are the future of the Commonwealth and we must utilize every effort available to protect this most valuable asset."
For more information about the EUDL grant program, please contact Sherry Bray at (502) 782-1781.
Applications for the 2011 EUDL block grant must be submitted to the KSP Public Affairs Branch, 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, Ky. 40601 on or before January 18, 2011 by 4:30 p.m. (EST). The grant application package can be accessed through the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/hsp/eudl.htm