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Salinas Teens Honored For Helping To Pass Law

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Posted: Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Central Coast News KCBA FOX35

SALINAS, Calif. – A group of Salinas teens are helping create new laws and getting recognition for their hard work.

The Safe Teens Empowerment Project aims to stop underage drinking and drug use. Fifteen teens from several Salinas high schools are involved with the group.

The teens were honored Tuesday at the Salinas City Council meeting for their work to help pass the taxi cab ordinance.

The ordinance makes it illegal for cab drivers to pick up alcohol or prescription drugs and deliver them to homes. It’s something the group said many teens were taking advantage of in an effort to get illegal substances to parties. The teens were even involved in an undercover sting with Salinas police to prove the trend to city leaders and the community. The ordinance passed last December. Teens honored Tuesday said they felt great about their work.

“It feels like we’re making a difference and every person counts,” said Tania Chavarin Alvarez, a volunteer with the group.