On August 1, 2022, The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will be participating in National Night Out events across the state, with the message against underage and dangerous drinking.
The PLCB and thousands of young people, parents, and community leaders spread messages against underage and dangerous drinking, according to a PLCB press release. These National Night Out events will be participated in by the PLCB, as they have done before at dozens of locations statewide.
Materials on PLCB programs, including “Know When, Know How”, will be distributed at the events. This award-winning campaign helps parents talk to their children and teenagers about the dangers of underage drinking. The PLCB will offer materials and provide informational brochures about alcohol-related issues.
According to the PLCB, on Tuesday, August 2, the PLCB will join National Night Out events at these times and locations:
- Green Valley Park, Rochester, Beaver County, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Antique Depot, Duncansville, Blair County, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Willow Park, Camp Hill, Cumberland County, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Carlisle Fairgrounds, Carlisle, Cumberland County, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Roof Park, New Cumberland, Cumberland County, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Cardinal O’Hara High School Field, Springfield, Delaware County, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Palmyra Middle School Stadium, Palmyra, Lebanon County, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Fox Chase Elementary School, Philadelphia, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- M&T Bank, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Logan Park, Dillsburg, York County, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
According to the PLCB, Americans Night Out Against Crime originated in 1984 to encourage people to become involved in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and bringing neighborhoods together. Criminals have become informed that these communities have become organized and are fighting back. National Night Out day, annually held on the first Tuesday of August, expects more than 38 million in roughly 16,000 communities nationwide to participate. Even Canadian communities and military bases worldwide will participate this year.
The goal of the PLCB is to educate the public regarding the dangers of underage and dangerous drinking through numerous methods, including grants, free alcohol educational conferences, creation and distribution of educational materials such as brochures, and training/technical assistance for licenses through the Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP). Other organizations are working with the PLCB on these issues as well.
Across Pennsylvania, the PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol, operating 600 wine and spirits stores, and 20,000 alcohol licenses for producers, retailers, and handlers, according to the PLCB. The reduction and prevention of dangerous and underage drinking through these partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees are a number one agenda among the PLCB. Nearly $18.7 billion from taxes and store profits has accumulated since the agency has been around. These return to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives. The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state become funded by these taxes and profits.