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CafeMom Joins MADD to Prevent Underage Drinking
By MADD | April 19, 2014

This year, CafeMom—the largest meeting place for moms—has joined forced with MADD to promote PowerTalk 21 and offer moms across the country the tools to talk with their teens about alcohol.


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Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21™ is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 10 minutes at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

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Taking Away the Keys Doesn't Take Away the Risks

By MADD / April 17, 2013

Most people know about the dangers of underage drinking and driving, but what you may not know is that the dangers of underage drinking are even greater off the roadways. This means that parents, who talk with their kids about drunk driving, but not about waiting until 21 to drink at all, are missing an important step in keeping their kids safe. Learn more...

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2012 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts *

229 persons were killed in alcohol-related crashes, a 6.53 percent decrease from 2011*

14 teenagers, age 15-19, were killed in alcohol-related crashes, 1.81 percent of the total (775) traffic fatalities

5,861 persons were injured in alcohol-related crashes, a 7.25 percent increase from 2011

464 teenagers, age 15-19, were injured in alcohol-related crashes, 0.69 percent of the total (67,004) traffic injuries

22,531people were tested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater, a(n)3.95 percent decrease from 2011

The average BAC of tested drinking drivers was 0.1397

28,719 persons were convicted of DUI, a 1.98 percent increase from 2011

Of those convicted of DUI, 76.58 percent were male and 22.66 percent were female

* Resource: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

In the USA in 2012*

MADD learned today that drunk driving fatalities increased by 4.6 percent to 10,322, according to the 2012 traffic fatality data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities increased by 3 percent to 33,561. In response, MADD issued this press release. State by state fatality data was also released and can found here.

2012 ALCOHOL IMPAIRED DRIVING Traffic Safety Fact Sheet

* Resource: U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)




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