The Party Patrol is a pretty simple concept: Get police out at night to respond to calls about parties with underage drinking. And, do some proactive work like using decoys to identify retailers and others selling booze to minors.
The need is painfully apparent – especially when you consider guns, booze (and often drugs) are a toxic mix for teens. Look no further than the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Sandia High senior Sean Markey at a homecoming party Sept. 29.
In fact, an Albuquerque Police spokesman says police have identified 20 shooting incidents tied to house parties this year.
New Mexicans also know all too well the risks in drinking and driving. Consider the very real threat impaired teens pose to themselves and others when they get behind the wheel after what is often a session of binge drinking.