MADD issues warning about teen back-to-school drinking, driving

MADD issues warning about teen back-to-school drinking, driving

TYLER (KYTX) - Mother's Against Drunk Driving is issuing a warning to parents and teens about alcohol-related crashes during the back to school season. Nearly 200 children died in texas last year in July and August -- in alcohol related crashes.

It's statistic like that, that pushes mothers against drunk driving to continue it's mission to educate parents and children on the dangers of drunk driving.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how a much a conversation can sway your child's decision when it comes to drinking and driving.

MADD representatives said, the beginning of the school season is commonly a problem time for teen drinking and driving.Many children spend long summers away from school, but when they get kids back together and celebrate at parties and get togethers -- they could be more likely to try alcohol.

More than 40 percent of people who start drinking before age 13 develop alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.

However there is good news, parents can dramatically change those numbers just by talking to their children. Most teens admit their parents are the people who influence their stance on drinking.

"The most important factor is the communication and the fact that it needs to be ongoing communication, it can't just be one of twice around prom or graduation or around a party it needs to be an ongoing communication, it needs to be an ongoing message in the home," said Leslie Watson with MAD.

Specialist say when parents and children are more connected. The kids are less likely to drink or use other.


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