MADD Talks to Students About Not Drinking and Driving

JACKSON, Tenn.-Members of “Mothers Against Drunk Driving” urge local students to stay safe at prom and graduation by not drinking and driving. MADD hosted a talk Thursday at Jackson Central-Merry High School. Experts said alcohol is the drug of choice for teens and the widespread nature of the problem is alarming. Students learned that teen alcohol use kills about 4,700 people each year, more than all other drugs combined. “I want them to be able to say, ‘you know what, I can make a better choice, I can be able to say no, and I can be able to not only save my live but perhaps even save somebody else’s,” said Phaedra Marriot-Olsen,, program specialist of MADD. According to MADD, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.

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