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Liberty Hill High School educates families about speaking to teens about underage drinking and drunk driving

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Liberty Hill High School parents hear from Travis County Underage Drinking Prevention Program on the pitfalls of both over-protective and over-permissive parenting, and suggested strategies for parents to use when talking to their children about substance use. Continue reading

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The tragic story: College freshman, 18, found dead from alcohol poisoning in dorm room after a night of binge-drinking on Jan. 20

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18-year-old Ohio college freshman had consumed large quantities of champagne and vodka with friends at a house party and then a bar, had taken multiple falls and had to be escorted back to her room because she was unsteady on her feet and left. Erica Buschick was found lying unresponsive on a bean bag chair in her dorm room in Oxford, Ohio, on the morning of January 20. University police have described the incident as ‘high-risk alcohol consumption’. Continue reading

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Liberty Hill ISD alternative to Shattered Dream’s “Mock Crash” draws criticism from some parents

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When the administration at Liberty Hill HS declined to host Shattered Dreams, an anti-drunk driving program, the decision ignited a controversy among some parents in the community. School administrators say they have chosen to pursue a different approach to educating students on the issue of underage drinking and driving, but not all parents are satisfied. Continue reading

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17-year old dies in car crash, underage drinking party may be involved; parents search for answers

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The parents who lost their son in a car crash early Sunday morning are now searching for answers saying their son was at a party on Bee Creek Road shortly before the car crash on Hwy 71 West. Now, they are hoping those who were at the party can help them piece together what happened that night that led to death of 17-year-old Caden Nieneker. Continue reading

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How effective is your state at combating drunken driving? MADD shares its ratings in a new report.

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Texas gets a 2.5 ranking in MADD’s 1 to 5 survey. Mississippi and Maryland ranks among the best states when it comes to enacting laws against drunken driving. MADD’s criteria include using sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols; immediately suspending licenses; penalizing drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test; and passing laws that impose additional penalties on drunk drivers who had a child in the car with them at the time. Continue reading

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First 6-weeks of College critical for underage drinking; parents can help by communication with their student

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It’s that time again with the excitement of a new group of freshmen arriving on college campuses. But it is also a time of risks with excessive alcohol consumption, underage drinking and resulting consequences for your student. Parents can prevent much of the risk by staying involved with your student during the critical first six weeks of the semester, a vulnerable time for binge drinking due of social pressures and the freedom of being away from home and family often for the first time. Continue reading

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Court says: Adults who serve booze to underage kids in Maryland can be held responsible for the consequences

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Adults who provide alcohol to underage drinkers can be held civilly liable for any death or harm that comes to others at the hands of the young people they hosted, according to an opinion Maryland’s highest court issued Tuesday. “This is a wake-up call to the so-called cool parents who on Friday nights have their kids’ friends over and allow them to drink in their basements,” said Tim Maloney, the attorney representing Linda Dankos. In 2009, Dankos’s 17-year-old son got drunk in the garage of another parent and then killed in a crash with another intoxicated partygoer. Continue reading

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Intoxicated Drivers Killed 39 People in Austin Last Year. So How Do We Stop Them?

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In a report where researchers considered what most effectively reduces DWIs, enforcement tops the list. But many of the enforcement tactics praised by these researchers are out of the hands of Austin policymakers. For example, these researchers consider sobriety checkpoints to be one of the most effective methods of discouraging DWIs. But in Texas, checkpoints are illegal under state law. The researchers also recommend lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to.05 – something only state lawmakers could do. Continue reading

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Sorry, kids, but the drinking age should stay at 21; it’s about saving lives

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It seems like conventional wisdom: The drinking age should be 18. After all, why should you be able to vote or serve your country in the military, but not legally buy a drink? But there’s a very compelling case for keeping the drinking age at 21: It saves lives. That may be hard to believe, but at its heart, the drinking age is supposed to stop people from drinking until they’re responsible adults. And the research shows it works — to some extent. So the laws may not be perfect, and they may be disobeyed at times. But the overall evidence is clear: A drinking age of 21 reduces use and saves lives. Continue reading

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Recent CDC studies reveal alcohol abuse is a growing problem

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Recently a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said that alcohol-related deaths in the United States rose 37 percent from 2002 to 2014. Often we focus on reducing underage drinking, however just because you can legally drink doesn’t remove needed concerns over alcohol-related fatalities and alcoholism.
In 2014, there were more than 30,700 deaths from alcohol-related causes. Continue reading

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Early 2016 traffic deaths are occurring throughout Greater Austin region; VisionZero Taskforce talks about solutions

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It’s already a deadly year on Austin-area roadways with three local traffic deaths Monday. Austin itself set a record in 2015 with 102 traffic fatalities. Austin is getting bigger. Not the city-limits but the amount of sprawl between the city and surrounding communities. Traffic experts say the more sprawling a metro area is, the more traffic deaths reported. The local VisionZero Task Force said collecting traffic data, targeting education and more aggressive enforcement and prosecution are expected to be part of an action plan. Continue reading

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Underage drinking is an adult problem; Parents who host teen drinking parties: “Helicopter Partying” – Not cool, not smart, says MADD

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“One of the things we say at MADD is that underage drinking is an adult problem,” J.T. Griffin, chief government affairs officer at Mothers Against Drunk Driving says. “In order for kids to get alcohol, there’s an adult somewhere that messed up. Someone bought it for them, someone didn’t put it away, someone left it out in the open for kids.” It’s not just the driving you have to worry about, Goodwin said. Sexual assault, alcohol poisoning. Someone falls off a deck. This is the chaos you create when you throw an underage party, Griffin continues. Continue reading

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Austin police chief speak of record fatality crashes; encourages parents to warn children of drinking and driving

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After lastest DWI crash on local streets, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is asking parents to talk with their children to not only discourage them from drinking and driving, but to also explain the dangers of getting in a car with a drunk driver. He encouraged people to call the police if they see bartenders over-serving customers and if they see drunk drivers on the road. Continue reading

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Austin Could See Triple-Digit Traffic Fatalities in 2015

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Austin is seeing a concerning spike in the number of traffic fatalities in 2015. So far there have been 42 traffic fatalities. That’s nearly twice the 27 fatalities there were as of June 1, 2014. What the city is experiencing right now should be considered a public health crisis, spokesman says. Continue reading

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Local family dealing with death of their 20-year-old daughter following drunk driving crash in North Austin

April 17, 2015 – AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin family is coping with their daughter’s death after she died Sunday night in a crash involving a 26-year-old man who was charged with intoxication manslaughter. Police says Shawn Amende ran a red … Continue reading

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Austin’s Kathie Tovo writes that underage drinking is not part of city’s lifestyle; encourages parents to talk to their children about dangers & consequences of underage drinking

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By Kathie Tovo — “For those of us who live in Austin and for many who visit, Austin has a lot to offer – live music, great outdoor entertainment and plenty of trails and parks to enjoy with our families. However, Austin is also quickly earning a reputation as a city where alcohol is plentiful and easily accessible at many of the events hosted here. But are we sending the right message to our children — that ours is a culture that includes underage drinking as a part of our city’s lifestyle? As a public servant who loves this city and as Austin’s mayor pro tem, I truly hope not.” Continue reading

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When is too young to start talking with your children about alcohol? Middle-School may be too late …

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Think 8 is too young to start talking to kids about alcohol? Kids start to develop perceptions about alcohol as young as 2nd and 3rd grades, and so that’s the time to start having the conversations. In a new survey released by MADD and Nationwide Insurance, about one-third of parents start talking about alcohol when their children are 14 to 18 years old, already in high school. But in fact, about 30 percent of 8th graders have already tried alcohol. Continue reading

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Austin’s Drinking Problem and resulting DWI tragedies … from KVUE TV 2014 stories

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February 2015 — KVUE-TV —People in Austin drink more than other city in Texas, and not just by a little bit.  “People come here to drink, and there are a lot of places here to drink. We’re known for it,” … Continue reading

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MADD’s Gutierrez: Texas lawmakers hold the key to safer streets by requiring ignition interlocks on 1st time DWIs

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MADD calls on lawmakers to tie in the use of interlocks for first-time offenders with license reinstatement and also to allow DWI offenders to use an interlock right after conviction. Currently, repeat offenders must wait one year before starting their interlock period. Research shows that 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunken drivers continue to drive on a suspended license. That means former DWI offenders will keep getting back on the road and cause more crashes and fatalities. Continue reading

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