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City leaders talk about dangers of underage drinking at summer concerts

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There will be zero tolerance for underage drinking at concerts in Hartford this summer, according to city and police officials.

State and city leaders said they were worried about binge drinking by teenagers as the summer concert season gets ready to start.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra joined with police and state officials to remind parents they need to take a stronger role in keeping their children safe.

Police told Eyewitness News they are increasing their presence at these events.

"Our goal is to create a safe environment for all concert goers while deterring the extensive underage drinking that occurs in and around the concert venue," said Hartford police Chief James C. Rovella.

Doctors said the problem is getting worse.

"Our fear is that one or more of these 14, 15, 16, 17-year-olds will be found dead behind a parked car or in the bushes," said Dr. Steven Wolf of Saint Francis Hospital. "We've come very close, but fortunately not that far yet."

Segarra said the city will do its part to keep teens safe, but they can only go so far.

"Parents must be involved in order to truly create a shift in behavior," Segarra. said. "It's important to note that the majority of the teenagers who are drinking at concerts are not Hartford residents, but it's a problem in our city and we have a responsibility to address it."

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