Northampton Township Complex
55 Township Road
Richboro, PA 18954
Phone: (215) 357-6800
Fax: (215) 357-1251
Northampton Township Police
50 Township Road
Richboro, PA 18954
Non-Emergency: (215) 357-8700
Business Only: (215) 322-6111
By Sandy Heuckroth
A timely new video, premiered May 30 at St. Mary Medical Center and broadcast with the June 1 Council Rock School Board meeting, addresses the issues parents may already be facing in the midst of prom parties, "end of year" and graduation celebrations.
The educational video "The Dangers of Adults Serving Alcohol to Minors" breaks ground as the first in the state to address the issue of parental responsibility for minors drinking in their home. It was funded through a $15,000 state grant secured by State Representative Roy Reinard (R-178).
Working in conjunction with Video Gold Productions, Inc." Northampton Township Police Department has staged, filmed and produced the 25 minute professional video that deals with real life situations and is aimed specifically at adults.
Briefly the plot involves an overnight party at which the parents of the host confiscate car keys to prevent anyone who may have been drinking alcohol from leaving the party. Distractions occur, keys are retrieved, and a young man sneaks out. A fatal accident occurs and the parental hosts find themselves charged in the case.
Over the course of several months the crew has been filming on location in Northampton Township. Actors have included students and parents of Council Rock School District. Scenes were also shot in the trauma unit of St. Mary Medical Center and the courtroom of Judge Cynthia Rufe.
The video work has been directed and produced by Jeff Jim of Video Gold and Detective Ken Barnes, Community Policing Coordinator of Northampton Township Police Department. Terry Farrell, Gavin Hontz and Shannon McErlane of Video Gold have also been involved in the actual filming.
The video is yet one more facet of a DUI mobilization program implemented under Northampton's Chief of Police M. Barry Pilla, Jr. as part of the "You Drink & Drive -You Lose" Campaign which has included the "Cops in Shops" program and regularly scheduled enforcement details. This video, however, is aimed at the parents rather than the minor.
According to MADD National President KaroIyn Nummalee, "Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among our nation's youth,"
Northampton Township Police Department reminds parents of its effort to dramatically reduce the incidence of juvenile consumption of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The Department has a zero tolerance policy.
The new video is a cooperative effort between the police department, the Council Rock School District, the Act 211 committee of the school district, the State Representative Reinard and the St. Mary Medical Center, and others.
Copies of the video will be available to libraries, community and school organizations and plans include further release over the Northampton Township community cable programming.
To obtain a copy of the videotape contact Video Gold Productions, 130 Almshouse Road, Suite 107A, Richboro, PA 18954 or call 215-322-4428. An order form that can be downloaded will be made available through the Police link of the Northampton Township website at www.northamptontowship.com and the Video Gold website, www.webgold.net.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation -Trauma Unit. S.A.F.E. Therapy groups for men and separate groups for women working to stop violence in their relationships. Call Bucks County Peace Center, (215) 750-7220.
If you would like to purchase this videotape, please download the order form below.
If you have trouble downloading the order form, please make checks payable to:
Include your name, address, phone number, # of copies, amount enclosed & check number.
The cost per videotape is $15.00 each. If you would like us to ship it to you please include $5.00 for shipping & handling.
DVDs are now available at a cost of $25.00 each. (please note DVD on your order form)
Visit the Documents & Forms page and download "The Dangers of Adults Supplying Alcohol to Minors" Video Order Form.
Pennsylvania has a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, toll-free hot-line, 1-888-UNDER21, which callers can use anonymously to report underage drinking parties, creation and use of false identification or establishments serving alcohol to minors.