Alarmingly, MADD is receiving an increase in calls about children riding with substance-impaired drivers. When a minor is placed in jeopardy of physical, moral or mental well-being, that’s child endangerment, and it’s a very serious problem.
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Parents: Send a Clear “No Alcohol” Message to Your Teens
As kids head back to school, parents should keep in mind that some adults are providing teens with alcohol. That’s why it’s so important for parents to be vigilant and to talk with their kids about how they can say no to drinking alcohol before another adult gives them the impression that it’s okay.
Nothing beats the positive influence of a parent, and it’s critical that they make it clear that drinking alcohol before the age of 21 is unacceptable.
Some Key Facts*
- Texas data shows teens are getting mixed messages about alcohol from adults.
- 71 percent of teens reported that they were aware of parties where a parent or adult provided teens with alcohol.
- Less than 40 percent of parents reported they were aware of such parties.
- The good news is parents are the number one influence on their teen’s decisions to not drink.
The Impact of Driving Under the Influence**
- During last year’s back-to-school season (Aug. 15, 2013, to Sept. 16, 2013), there were 196 alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes in Texas involving drivers between 16 and 20 years old under the influence of alcohol. These crashes resulted in 103 injuries and 9 deaths.
- Additionally, during the 2013 Labor Day holiday reporting period alone, there were 33 alcohol-related vehicle crashes in Texas involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 years old under the of alcohol.
It’s never too late to start the conversation – resources from MADD’s Power of Parents program provide parents with tools and tips to empower their children to say no to alcohol.
Learn more about the Power of Parents.
* Source: Online survey conducted on behalf of MADD in Texas in 2014.
** Source: TxDOT, June 2014.
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Jaime Gutierrez, Executive Director 4858
Toni Logan, General Information * - Sr Office Admin 4850
(*court ordered community service hours for alcohol related offenses)
Karah Ricketts - Volunteer Coordinator 4855
Glynnis Odom – Victim Services Manager 4852
Carmen Castro - Victim Services 4851
Myra Constable - Court Monitoring Program 4856
Angela Tidwell - Law Enforcement Program 4857
Shalandra Rogers, Grant Programs Manager 4854
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