In cooperation with the Seaside Police Department, Peyton Sims, a sophomore at Seaside High School, will be placing up to 1,000 “bottle tags” on alcoholic beverages for sale at participating businesses throughout Seaside and Gearhart over the next two weeks.
The bright green bottle tags are used to remind adults not to purchase alcohol for minors and inform them that furnishing alcohol to minors is illegal and has a fine of $500 for first offense. Purchasing alcohol for minors also contributes to unhealthy and destructive behavior in the youth community.
Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham was approached by Sims recently to partner on the bottle tagging event as part of Sims’ platform for the Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. Sims will also report on her efforts with her senior Pacifica Project, a requirement that all students must complete prior to graduating from Seaside High School.
Sims is a contestant in the Jan. 26 Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen Scholarship pageant and chose her platform, #Startswithme, to help bring awareness and prevention for underage drinking and substance abuse.
Jill Quackenbush from the Clatsop County Juvenile Department helped with coordination of the event.
Future work will likely include safety fairs and “world café” style sessions with other students.