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Teens can report underage drinking on police website

Becoming a stool pigeon was never so easy.
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After 15 teenagers in Tazewell County, Illinois, died in drunk-driving related traffic accidents in 2005-2006, the state police and concerned citizens decided something more should be done to curb teen drinking and driving reports the Quad City Times.

That's how the site, www.drunkstopper.com was launched for teens to anonymously report underage drinking. Teens can also offer tips to authorities on, fake IDs and illegal sales of alcohol. The site is monitored by police 24 hours a day, said Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Fred Winterroth.

"The information you provide may help save a life," the home page tells visitors.
Authorities are aware that there may be false claims to the site, as all tips are anonymous. Police say they will investigate all claims.
"Traditional methods of law enforcement are no longer sufficient in the fight against drunken teens driving," said Illinois State Police Lt. Jill Rizzs. "We have to focus on technology."
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