Keeping kids safe on the road

National MADD President, Jan Withers, shares advice for parents on what they can do to keep their kids when driving
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Keeping kids safe on the road

There are several things parents can do to keep their kids safe on the road. We want to make sure parents limit the driving to necessary trips that they're taking and also limit the nighttime driving, because we know that teens are twice as likely to be in a fatal crash in the evening, after dark. We also want to limit the amount of passengers in the cars, because teens are 7 times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash when they have passengers in the cars. Very important is to make sure that they buckle up, that they ban cell phone use while they're in the car - that means texting and talking, and also that they talk about the dangers of underage drinking so that they are very aware that there is no drinking before age 21.

National MADD President, Jan Withers, shares advice for parents on what they can do to keep their kids when driving


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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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