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Make a #HoliDDay Plan
By MADD | December 19, 2014

Don’t let your holiday celebration end it tragedy, make a #holiDDay plan that includes a non-drinking designated driver.


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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.


MADD Central Texas Office hours:   8:00 - 4:30 M-F

3910 S IH-35, Austin TX, 78704

512 445-4976


Staff Roster:    

Name                                                                      Ext. Number         

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                   

Victim Services:

Glynnis Odom – Victim Services Manager                      4852                    

Carmen Castro - Victim Services                                       4851                    

Program Staff:
Myra Constable - Court Monitoring Program                4856                     

Angela Tidwell - Law Enforcement Program                  4857                     

Shalandra Rogers, Grant Programs Manager                4854                      

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