Hosting a no-alcohol party

Jan Withers, president of MADD, explains what parents can do to keep children safe from drunk drivers when there is a party with alcohol happening.
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If you and your children decide to have a party, you want to make sure you communicate all of the criteria for the party ahead of time and make sure there is an absolute requirement of no alcohol present. You want to be communicating this with your children and have a mutual agremeent about that before the party ever starts. During the party if you do find that another child has alcohol or they have been consuming alcohol, that child cannot stay. Make sure that that's very clear. But you as the adult want to make sure that the parent be called and the child has a sober driver to get home. In addition to that you want to be involved without being overbearing in your children's parties. So an easy way to do that is to make sure that lots of refreshments are there. And you can go in and out on the hospices of repleneshing refreshments without seeming overbearing and having your child be embarassed.

Jan Withers, president of MADD, explains what parents can do to keep children safe from drunk drivers when there is a party with alcohol happening.

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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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