Chief uses statewide message to stop DUI incidents during prom season

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LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) - With high school prom season upon us, law enforcement officers across the state are educating students about being safe. Their biggest goal is to stop alcohol consumption and get everyone safely home.

Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot has stepped in front of the camera to educate high school students.  Hendershot was asked by the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police to anchor a public service announcement focused on teens.

“We’re concerned and we want to get the message out about safety in the communities. Our number one goal is to protect children,” explained Chief Hendershot.

The 30-second spot is on the airwaves across the state. Hendershot said law enforcement can’t educate teens enough. And although they still use simulated crashes to drive the message home, he says there’s still an issue nationwide.

“We have a big problem with alcohol and people operating vehicles,” stated Hendershot. “We’ve always had it, and hopefully we can continue to work on it and hammer at it and eventually do away with it all together.”

So if the 30-second commercial saves one life, Hendershot said all the work is well worth it.  Watch it below.