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'Under Age, Under Arrest' program rolled out at Miles College

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An important message is being spread on the campus of Miles College and it's just in time for spring break. State leaders are raising awareness about binge drinking and underage drinking.

In the fall of 1993, 19-year-old Marcus Mitchell was on his way to a standout basketball career at Tuskegee University. A sophomore engineering student, he had come home to visit family and friends that October weekend when tragedy struck.

"And they were in the car, coming home from Birmingham, and a drunk driver was on the wrong side of the freeway and hit them head on. My son was the only one killed in the crash," said Mitchell's mother, Joyce Jones. "There's so many consequences with drinking and driving and we don't want people to go through the feelings I go through every day."

On Monday, Jones shared her story with students at Miles College as the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board rolled out its new "Under Age, Under Arrest" program. Most know the agency for its regulatory efforts, but for years they have also worked behind the scenes to enforce the law. Now they are coming to the forefront and joined with The Links, Incorporated to get the message out.

"We think underage drinking -- binge drinking especially -- has gotten a little out of hand. We'd like to corral it, bring it back down," said Mac Gipson with the ABC Board.

"This is a statewide campaign, taking it to the high schools and universities. Because most people with problems with alcohol don't start as an adult, they start underage," said Samuetta Drew with The Links, Inc.

Miles freshman Aaron Wilbanks sat in on the session and was riveted by Jones' story.

"It's a tragic event for a mother to lose her son and it hit me as what if that was me," said Wilbanks. "…Not one sip and just coming from here, I wouldn't even think about doing it."

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