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The Scariest Part of Halloween
By MADD | October 29, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes and haunted houses. It’s the fact that far too often people don’t plan ahead for a safe way home before drinking alcohol. Every year we hear the stories of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent people, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, enjoying the holiday.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. These numbers usually are even higher when the holiday falls on a weekend like it does this year.

This Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to help keep everyone safe.

Going trick-or-treating:

  • Be extra alert when crossing the street.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
  • Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.

Attending a party:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
  • Save the number of a local cab service in your phone or download a ride-share app prior to heading out.
  • Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
  • Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.

Hosting a Halloween party:

  • Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  • Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests.
  • Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
  • Be prepared to get everyone home safe by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
  • Be ready with some clean linens so you can turn your sofa into a hotel for guests who need to stay the night.

Click here to get the pattern to carve your own MADD Jack-O-Lantern!


#ProtectUrSelfie
By MADD | October 28, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking is not only illegal, it’s dangerous. Which is why we’re asking teens to take a stand against underage drinking.

Teens:  You have the power to influence your friends and make an impact in your school, home and community. The Power of You(th) is the power you hold to save some of the 4,700 lives that are lost each year because of underage drinking.


Take a selfie and use the hashtag #ProtectUrSelfie to pledge to be alcohol free until 21! Learn more here.

And check out some of the amazing teens who have already taken the #ProtectUrSelfie pledge on social media:

Or click here to see more on twitter.


Teen Influencer Summit
By MADD | October 27, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking , Teen Influencer

This weekend, MADD’s National Teen Influencer Group convened in Nashville, Tenn. to share ideas on how to stop underage drinking in their respective communities. The Group is part of MADD’s Power of You(th) program which works to empower teens to take a stand against drinking under 21 in their schools and communities. The teens were selected based on their commitment to be drug and alcohol-free and the desire to share MADD’s message to their peers.

They spent Friday receiving training on how to be a MADD ambassador in their community. On Saturday, the teens volunteered at the Nashville Walk Like MADD event, painting faces and hosting a #ProtectUrSelfie photo booth. At the end of the weekend, the teens each committed to an activity they can implement in their community to influence their peers to make the smart choice and avoid alcohol until 21.

Watching the group learn from MADD and each other was inspiring for all involved.  Each teen left the summit excited to get back to their school and began working on their activities.

Click here to learn more about this year’s National Teen Influencer Group.


Teen Drinking Myths
By MADD | October 23, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

There are many common misconceptions about underage drinking, like “everybody does it,” and “it’s OK as long as I don’t drive.” But the fact is, that’s just not true.

Check out our new infographic to find out the facts behind some of the common teen drinking myths, and help spread the word by sharing it on all of your social media channels:


Empower Teens to Take a Stand
By MADD | October 23, 2014 | Filed in: Underage Drinking

Teens give lots of reasons for trying alcohol – to celebrate a special occasion, for example, or out of curiosity. Some teens think alcohol will put them in a better mood or make them feel less awkward. Others drink to fit in. They figure, “How bad could it be if everyone is doing it?”

But the truth is, teen drinking can have tragic consequences. More than 4,700 people are killed each year because of underage drinking – and that is not just in car crashes. Those deaths include things like homicides, suicides, alcohol poisonings, falls, drownings, burns and other causes of deaths.

The lives of thousands of teens – like Taylor, Shelby, Lauren and Alexis – are tragically cut short every year because of teen drinking. It’s just not worth it.

That’s why we developed the Power of You(th) program.  It gives teens the tools they need to take a stand and help their friends do the same.

This Red Ribbon Week, help us empower teens to take a stand against underage drinking by spreading the word on all of your social media channels and to all the teens you know about MADD’s tools and resources:

 Share the Teen Drinking Myths Infographic -- Click here  Watch the Power of You(th) videos -- click here  Download the Teen Booklet -- Click here

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