MADD to neighborhood watch group: teach kids about drunk driving


Marylin Dorsey, center, answers questions from midtown neighborhood watch members on Tuesday at Central Baptist Church. Dorsey, a project specialist with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, advised parents to talk to their underage children about alcohol consumption.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Linda Mitchem, the midtown neighborhood-watch group’s captain, says residents should take preventive measures to ensure everyone stays safe.

The watch group spans several central Crestview neighborhoods, including East Edney, Shortwell and Williams avenues, but few people from those areas participate.

"There are 300 households within our area and right now we have 10 active members," Mitchemsaid. "Usually people don't want to get involved until something happens on their street."

The group on Tuesday invited Mothers Against Drunk Driving representatives to prevent tragedy during its meeting at Central Baptist Church.

Marylin Dorsey, a MADD project specialist, discussed the importance of parents talking to their underage children about alcohol consumption — well before they become teenagers.

One in five teens binge drink, and almost one in eight eighth-graders have tried alcohol, according to the Institute of Medicine National Research Council of the National Academies and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, respectively.

Teaching kids the dangers earlier than ever is important because children locally are drinking at younger ages, according to authorities.

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