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'Cool' parents the target of Montgomery County effort

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If there's one thing that continues to haunt the streets of Montgomery County it's the unrelenting drinking and driving problem among young people.

Young people who turn up mangled in crashes - in some instances teenagers who are left a statistic on the road side.

26-year-old Adam Wayne Lawson is now a father and husband in Montgomery County. But he remembers the days when he was younger and so called 'cool' moms or dads provided the alcohol at house parties.

Lawson says, "I've definitely heard of it and I've also been to parties where alcohol was supplied nothing bad happened but I think we're definitely responsible for our own actions."

Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam says nothing may have happened that time but the roads of the county are lined with crashes where it did.

"We've had several underage people killed," says Diepraam.

That's why Diepraam and local investigators are going after so-called 'cool' parents as we approach the spring break. He says the focus is on those parents who supply their kids with alcoholic drinks at house parties.

He says, "these moms having parties for kids over at their houses we learned that in fact people were violating this law and rather than ignore it and just let it go by we're gonna prosecute these cases."

Diepraam says his office has five active warrants right now ready to go for those who have provided alcohol to young people including parents and boyfriends.

Those who live in Montgomery believe the practice of giving kids drinks at home during parties is unacceptable. They say it could only lead to trouble, worse yet, a corpse.

And now that he's wiser and a father, Adam Lawson can see the other side- why it's dangerous to supply alcohol to kids at a party.

"If we decide to give a teen alcohol, we should be responsible for what that teen does," says Lawson.

Diepraam also says they will be taking a look at some cases from last year to determine if so called cool parents had a role for potential criminal charges.

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