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M.A.D.D.’s New Campaign Challenges Mayors To Address Underage Drinking In Cities

According to figures released by TxDOT, 108 people between the ages of 12 to 20 lost their lives last year in DUI-alcohol related motor vehicle traffic accidents.

 

MADD lineup
Jaime Gutierrez, MADD Texas State Executive Director; Houston Mayor Annise Parker; Colleen Sheehey-Church, MADD National President

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Mothers Against Drunk Driving launched a new campaign called Power of Parents. It is Texas’ attempt to curb underage drinking.

According to figures released by TxDOT, 108 people between the ages of 12 to 20 lost their lives last year in DUI-alcohol related motor vehicle traffic accidents.

“This is the one that hits home to me the hardest,” said Colleen Sheehey-Church, the national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Colleen Sheehey-Church’s teenaged son Dustin drowned in an auto accident in 2004. He was a passenger in a car driven by someone under the influence that went over a bridge and into a river. The driver survived.

Church said parents have the responsibility to talk to their teens about underaged drinking.

“I know, I can’t get him back, but my passion lies in going to all the children that are out there. All the teens that are out there, and get to educate them, on not drinking to 21, and why,” Sheehey-Church said.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker said that’s what drives the Power of Parents Mayors Challenge.

“April 21, is the date we want mayors across the country to step up and have this conversation in their cities,” said Parker.

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