What sways teens not to drink, drive? | Essentials

What sways teens not to drink, drive?

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(CNN)– When Melissa Stegner thinks of the days after Christmas in 2007, it’s primarily a blur with a few focused, inescapable truths. Her father, Scott, and huge brother, Sean, had dropped her grandmother at home. As dad and son headed back to Virginia, a Cadillac Escalade crossed into the southbound lane and struck the Stegners’ Chrysler minivan head-on. The SUV motorist was drunk, a repeat offender. Her father and brother died before rescue employees arrived. “I was totally naive to drunk driving and the dangers of alcohol,” said Melissa, now 17. “I didn’t know how to deal with it. Nobody knew how to deal with it.”
Years later, her story precedes her in the high school corridors. She thinks she’ll always be known as the girl whose family was killed by a drunken motorist.

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Jan Withers

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0 “Over many years, we were doing what sounded like it would work. Some of it did work,” MADD National President Jan Withers said.
0.260216 “Parents believe the peer pressure is so great that they don’t have as much influence on their teens as they actually do,” Withers said. …
0.0288474 “We’re doing everything we can to empower youth to make sure they know they have influence over their own lives,” Withers said. …
0.050008 “We’re doing everything we can to empower youth to make sure they know they have influence over their own lives,” Withers said. “We still want to be constantly talking about the issue.”
0 “I had the attitude that ‘They know how I feel about it,’ ” Withers said. …
0 “I had the attitude that ‘They know how I feel about it,’ ” Withers said. “I believe she had some of the tools — she certainly didn’t drink that night. “But still Alisa got in the car.”
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Melissa Stegner

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-0.0663344 “I remind my friends that no matter what, drinking and driving is not OK. There’s no dumber decision you can make,” she said.
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  • Number of Quotes: 1
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Melissa

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-0.159711 “I was totally naive to drunk driving and the dangers of alcohol,” said Melissa, …
-0.122107 “I was totally naive to drunk driving and the dangers of alcohol,” said Melissa, now 17. “I didn’t know how to deal with it. Nobody knew how to deal with it.”
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Alisa Withers

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Mariah

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Alisa

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Leo McCarthy

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0 “If you stick with me for four years,” McCarthy told …
0.0825697 “If you stick with me for four years,” McCarthy told the crowd during Mariah’s eulogy, “don’t use alcohol, don’t use illicit drugs but give back to your community, work with your parents and talk to your parents, I’ll be there with a bunch of other people to give you money.”
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Jimm Kilmer

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Ralph Hingson

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0.0369929 “Because of that heightened risk, we can never be complacent,” said Ralph Hingson, …
-0.0679912 “I testified probably 50 times to state legislatures about different interventions you could do to reduce the problems,” Hingson said. …
-0.0599542 “I testified probably 50 times to state legislatures about different interventions you could do to reduce the problems,” Hingson said. “I’m not nearly as effective with the data alone as when people come and tell stories. It’s people, not just numbers.”
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  • Number of Quotes: 3
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Chad Okrusch

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Scott

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Sean

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Holiday: Christmas

Overall Sentiment: -0.147758

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Automobile: Escalade

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StateOrCounty: Virginia

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What sways teens not to drink, drive?

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Forget about long-winded statistics, public service announcements and stuffy school assemblies. Research has shown it’s the personal stories — from peers and parents — that really resonate with teenagers and keep them from driving drunk.

~ by vandal3di3go on December 5, 2012.