KSP accepting grant proposals for projects to reduce underage drinking

The Kentucky State Police is accepting grant proposals for projects to help reduce underage drinking.

KSP serves as the state administrator for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant, commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Wednesday.

The grant application package is available through the Kentucky Justice Cabinet Web site, Applications for the grant must be submitted to KSP through the Kentucky Justice Cabinet Grants Management System by 4:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

"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," Brewer said in a news release.

According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, in 2008 there were 3,067 DUI arrests in Kentucky for teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19.

Brewer said the federal money will allow communities to work together to identify local needs and sustain a successful strategy to combat underage drinking. Funding will be provided through the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention block grant.