I am a statistic. I was fortunate and walked away from an accident where a drunk driver hit me head on, and this occurred less then 2 miles away from my home! How do you think my parents felt when they got a call at 11pm from the police hearing their daughter had been in an accident and on her way to the hospital? Probably a million thoughts running in their heads and I never want to be in that position with my daughter!
Now I am a mom and although my daughter is just turning 3, I know I will be up against the issue of underage drinking and driving. Parties will occur and there will likely be alcohol available. I know I will have to talk about the dangers of alcohol abuse and how it can effect her life for ever. When that conversation occurs, I will also tell her about my accident and how I was the fortunate few to have made it alive and little injury. It is estimated that about 6000 people will die this year in relation to underage drinking and driving, a statistic that can be greatly changed just by parent intervention.
Underage drinking has emerged as the number one youth drug problem. By being an informed, caring parent you can strongly impact your teens decisions regarding alcohol. In fact, 74% of kids will turn to their parents for guidance on drinking. As moms we are the number one influencers in dealing with this issue. For teens, alcohol is an illegal drug—and a zero tolerance policy is the best policy to have as a parent.
October 27th is MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving)is launching The Power of Parents: It's Your Influence. It is a program designed to help parents with tips, information and tools to help communicate to our children the danger of underage drinking.
For more information and tools, check out their blog at http://maddparents.blogspot.com/ and take a safety quiz at http://www.madd.org/parents/highschool-drinking2.html.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.