The stated goal of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is to stop drunk driving, provide support to those victimized by this crime and stop drinking among minors. MADD has been singularly effective in its work to educate, inform and defend families from drunk driving and underage drinking.
Most Alcohol-Related Teen Fatalities Do Not Occur on the Road
It is underage drinking that is the surprising result of the 2010 data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
From the information collected for the MADD report, 68 percent of the teen deaths attributed to alcohol use were not traffic related incidents. Sixty-eight percent is a significant number. MADD states that this high percentage speaks directly to the dangers of underage drinking.
More about Alcohol-Related Teen Fatalities
The Cool Spot’s Too Much, Too Soon, Too Risky Will You Survive? provides an information packed discussion about underage drinking. According the information provided, alcohol contributes to an estimated 5,000 deaths in minors every year. According to the Cool Spot four out of ten teens who drove had been drinking alcohol.
Dr. Robert Turrisi has been researching underage drinking for more than 20 years. In collaboration with MADD, he has help to develop a guide to help parents talk with their children. Power of Parents is downloadable from MADD’s website.
Dr. Turrisi’s research has shown that repeated, respectful communication with children can reduce underage drinking. The tools provided in the Power of Parents equip parents and guardians to engage minors in a difficult conversation about underage drinking.
MADD continues to work to support victims and survivors of alcohol and drug impaired driving. This organization estimates that they provide assistance to one person every eight minutes. To find out more about MADD and the vital work they do, visit their website or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.
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Drunk driving and underage drinking account for more teenage deaths than drug use. Dealing with an alcohol related injury or death of a loved one is hard enough. Seeking legal counsel can assist in determining how to proceed. In Florida, call Tampa car accident lawyer, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 1-813-324-5202.