Unlike years past, the Salt Lake County sheriff's office will not put roadblocks at nearby canyons to diffuse graduation drinking parties this year.

But additional deputies will be patrolling the canyons to prevent such parties, said Salt Lake County Sheriff Aaron Kennard."High school graduation time is rapidly approaching and in previous years, accidents have occurred due to illegal consumption of alcohol by juveniles," the sheriff said.

Stepped-up enforcement in the canyons is expected to reduce fatalities and injuries due to accidents and persons falling from mountainous areas.

"Our interest is not in keeping our young people from celebrating this transition from school to adult life, but instead to protect them from errors in judgment that may have permanent consequences," said Kennard.

Anyone visiting the canyons who observes large parties where alcohol is being used is urged to call the sheriff's office at 535-5855.