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OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Old Town Police department is offering a new way to report underage drinking. A 2008 survey shows that 59 percent of Maine teens reported that they have had more than a few sips of alcohol in their lives, according to Maine.gov.

"On a weekend basis we are dealing with kids underage who are drinking and partying. A little thing could escalate into a big thing. They might leave a party intoxicated and get into an accident or hurt somebody," said Sgt. Lee Miller.

The program's slogan " dare to care" works to encourage the public to take action and report any underage drinking they see, said police. It lets anyone to send police a top through text, online, or a smartphone app. All of these options allow tipsters to remain anonymous.

To participate in the program:

-Text "OTPD Tip" with the tip to 274637

-Sumbit a tip online to phnpme.org

-Or download the free Tip Submit mobile app - available for iPhone and Android

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