Helping your kids avoid drunk drivers

How can you, as a parent, help your child to avoid drunk drivers? Jan Withers' daughter was killed by a drunk driver, and she explains what parents can do to protect their children from this possible situation.
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It’s very important for parents to discuss possibilities that could happen with their children if their ride has been drinking, whether it’s a parent or a friend, we want to make very clear with our children that they are to call us right away. This is not a time to worry about how they will look to their friends, because their safety is the most important thing. And it is so dangerous to be in a car with a drunk driver. My own daughter, Alyssa, was 15 years old when she was in a car with a driver who was drunk. And that was 20 years ago. And she was killed by that drunk driver. How I wish that 20 years ago she had a cell phone and she could have called me to come and get her. So definitely, the most important thing for them to do is to find a safe ride home and call you right away.

How can you, as a parent, help your child to avoid drunk drivers? Jan Withers' daughter was killed by a drunk driver, and she explains what parents can do to protect their children from this possible situation.

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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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