Supporting the drinking age law

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Supporting the drinking age law

One of the most important things that parents can do is support the 21 year old minimum drinking age law. There is no such thing as a safe amount of alcohol for a teen to drive or to drink at all. There are many dangers of alcohol besides just drinking and driving. It causes more assaults. It causes more accidents like falling and drowning, as well as alcohol poisoning. We know that teens who drink are seven times more likely to drop out of school. We know that there are all sorts of issues with addiction later on in life. Parents want to express a clear "no use" policy with their teens.
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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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