IMG_7447-1600x1200On April 19, 2012, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) held a press conference at Miami Palmetto Sr. High School to help promote the second annual PowerTalk 21® day which is April 21, 2012. This has been designated as the national day for parents to talk with their kids and educate them on the many dangers associated with drinking and driving. MADD wants to equip all parents and caregivers with the tools to help them start this potentially lifesaving conversation.

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD), Major Gerald Kitchell, spoke on behalf of the department and stated how strongly committed our department is to this effort. “As a long time supporter of MADD and the work they do as an organization to protect our most precious commodity, which is our kids, the M-DSPD has participated in a number of programs over the years designed to protect our students and educate them on the many dangers associated with drinking and driving”, stated Major Kitchell.

MADD and National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide Insurance encourage families to connect on PowerTalk 21 day and encourage parents to start talking with their kids about alcohol , but it’s also a day for parents and other adult role models to realize the power they have in preventing youth from drinking alcohol before age 21.

MADD, along with National Presenting Sponsor Nationwide Insurance, is urging families to get a free Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence™ handbook at www.madd.org/powertalk21.