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Nine Waste Management garbage trucks — wrapped in over-sized messages aimed at educating parents on the dangers of underage drinking — were unveiled Wednesday.

The garbage trucks are Phase II of a statewide campaign aimed at eliminating underage drinking in Utah, which is sponsored by Waste Management, Sandy City and Parents

"As parents and as a community, we must make a difference by talking to our kids about the dangers of alcohol," Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan said in a written statement. "And then we must stay involved in their lives, ensuring an alcohol-free environment."

The nine Sandy garbage trucks carry messages on both sides that state: "Parents chip away at the problem. Almost 50% of teens who drink become alcohol dependent."

Another 130 Waste Management trucks throughout the state are already carrying similar warnings against teen drinking, said Steve Wright, with the public relations firm R&R Partners.

The first phase of the campaign kicked off on April 28, when underage drinking messages were placed on Sandy City's patrol squad cars that read: "Seat reserved for adults who provide alcohol to minors."

The campaign will continue for another six months with town hall meetings and forums hosted by Parents Empowered and Sandy City.

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