Calling other parents about parties

Jan Withers, national president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) explains what parents can do verify that their children are not participating in any situations where drunk driving is involved.
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When one of our children had been invited to a friend's house, we want to call the parents of that other home of that child's friend and make sure that the parent is going to be present, make sure that a parent even knows that a party is going to happen, and make sure that the parent will be involved in that party and will be supervising that party. But we also know that some parents have a different attitude about children drinking under age. And we want to make sure that they don't approve of having alcohol in their home with the teens there. So many things can happen besides just drinking and driving. Many parents think, "Well if I just take away the keys, then they'll all be safe here and they'll be in a safe environment and they can drink." But there are so many other dangerous things that can happen. Many accidents occur as a result of alcohol. They can fall, they can drowned, they can have alcohol poisoning. There are so many dangerous aspects of underage drinking and we don't want that to happen to our children. So we don't want them to go some place where there will be alcohol.

Jan Withers, national president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) explains what parents can do verify that their children are not participating in any situations where drunk driving is involved.

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Jan Withers

National President, MADD

Jan Withers joined MADD in 1992, after her 15-year-old daughter, Alisa Joy, was killed by an underage drinker who chose to drive after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages. Withers first volunteered by sharing her story and lobbying for tougher legislation. She wanted to make a difference by helping to stop this 100 percent preventable violent crime. Now as National President, Jan Withers speaks to lawmakers across the country about the importance of legislation requiring ignition interlocks (or “in-car breathalyzers”) for all drunk driving offenders, a key part of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. She also advocates for federal legislation that provides research funding for technology that will turn cars into the cure for drunk driving. In addition, Withers continues to raise awareness for MADD’s victim support services, even leading a monthly support group — while also expanding the reach of MADD’s underage drinking prevention programs.

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