'Not My Kid' campaign aims to curb underage drinking

Published on Friday, 5 July 2019 19:49
Written by Adam Hushin


NEWINGTON - The Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and other community advocates have teamed up to launch the “Not My Kid” campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to remind residents and motorists about the dangers and penalties for underage drinking. “Not My Kid” puts an emphasis on the fact that underage drinking can destroy a teen’s health, future and can put lives at risk.

“Due to teens’ underdeveloped brain functions and inexperience behind the wheel, underage drinking is especially dangerous,” DOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti said. “It is important for parents to talk to their teens about underage drinking before it destroys their innocence, hope and dreams.”

Between 2014 and 2018, state crash statistics show that 1,134 DUI-related crashes have occurred involving drivers under 21 years old. These included 29 fatal crashes and 13 fatalities of drivers aged 20 and younger.

This campaign invites viewers and listeners to consider these harmful effects, and serves as an important reminder to parents to take an active role with their teens when it comes to safety.

For more information, you can visit: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/teen-driving.

Adam Hushin can be reached at 860-801-5046 or ahushin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain, General News on Friday, 5 July 2019 19:49. Updated: Friday, 5 July 2019 19:52.