The California Highway Patrol and the Orange County Department of Education are warning parents to keep their children sober during high school graduation parties.
Each school district will send letters to parents of the county's 23,000 graduating high school students a few days before graduation warning them about the number of teen-agers who die or are injured in drunk driving-related accidents.
"Sober Graduation," a CHP program begun last year, is intended to reduce car accidents during May and June by "letting (students) know that a lot of kids die" after graduation parties, said CHP public information officer Mike Lundquist.
The campaign doesn't include increased patrols, Lundquist said, because CHP officers "only catch one in 2,000 drunk drivers. Sending more officers out there isn't the answer. Education is."