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Save a life, no drinking and driving

A Friday evening, a party, a teenager and a car are all common in every American city. However, problems occur when the teenager gets behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.  According to Sheriff's Teen Offender Program (STTOP) http://www.sttop.net, though teens 16-18 only make up 12% of the driving population, they account for 25% of traffic collisions.  As a parent, it is imperative to educate your teenager on the importance of not drinking and driving, for they may save a life.

Most parents are familiar with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) http://www.madd.org, established 30 years ago to bring awareness to the public about drinking and driving.  The organization's goal is to eliminate this issue which affects us all on a daily basis.  On average, every 45 minutes a life is loss because of drinking and driving, (www.MADD.org).  The question is how to save lives; well it starts at home with educating your teen. MADD has events which provide tools for parents to utilize as they have this serious conversation with their teen.  In the Santa Clarita area, STTOP is holding such an event on Wednesday, April 21st.  The purpose of this event is to remember those who have lost their lives due to drinking and driving and raise awareness on how to prevent loss in the future.  Awareness is the first step to making a difference as first year drivers are four times more likely than others to be involved in a traffic accident, (www.MADD.org). 

Prom, high school graduation, and the first day on a college campus are all rites of passage for teenagers.  However, thousands of teenagers will never experience these events because of drinking and driving, whether they are the cause or the victim.  So, do not wait another day, another minute to educate your teen on the responsibility that comes with driving.  A life may be saved today.

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