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Alcohol and Impaired Driving Prevention Workgroup

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of teen injuries and deaths, and alcohol is one of the primary collision factors. In 2008, the California Office of Traffic Safety reported 118 collisions in Santa Clara County involving drivers under the age of 21 who had been drinking. The crashes resulted in 111 injuries and three deaths. The goal of the Alcohol and Impaired Driving Prevention Workgroup is to decrease the number of alcohol related crash injuries and fatalities among underage drivers. To address the underage drinking and driving issue in the county, the group offers two prevention services: DUI Court in the Schools and teen drinking and driving panel presentations for parents and students.
 
The group also developed the Underage Drinking and Driving: A Guide for Parents and Teens. This guide provides information on consequences for teens, legal consequences for parents, binge drinking, suggestions for teens, tips for parents, and resources. The guide is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Most recently the group created the Underage Drinking and Driving: A Facilitator’s Guide for Organizing Panel Presentations/Discussion Groups for Parents to compliment the parent and teen guide. This guide is a useful tool for teen alcohol prevention professionals interested in developing a similar program in their community.
 

 
To get involved in this group, or if your high school is interested in hosting a DUI trial or wants to schedule a panel presentation for teens or parents, contact:
 
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 120B
San José, CA 95126
Main Line: 408-793-2700
Fax: 408-793-2731 
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