Kurt Larson of Larson Law in Springfield Missouri, started the Safe and Sober Program over 10 years ago as an effort to educate parents, teachers, and middle and high school students of the dangers of alcohol and drug use. The Program urges middle and high school students to sign a pledge of sobriety until they turn 21 years of age.
I have discussed distracted driving countless times on my blogs before as I am truly of the opinion that it is becoming a widespread epidemic. This distracted driving includes individuals texting while driving but also drinking and driving or otherwise driving under the influence. Of course, one way to combat drunk driving is encourage the adults in society to stop such behavior. But another very effective approach, perhaps even more effective, is to stop the drunk driving before it even starts – to halt underage drinking. To do that, we must target our youth and educate them and what better way to do that than through the school system.
Watch a Safe and Sober video here.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that most kids try alcohol before they turn 12 years old. We know that because of their body shape and type, adolescents get drunk twice as fast as adults and don't have the ability to know when to stop. Also, kids and teens can become addicted to alcohol and drugs much easier because their brains are still developing.
Exciting News! The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) recently awarded a grant in the amount of $130,000 to the non-profit Safe and Sober Program to allow the program to be offered for FREE to all Missouri schools. Hats off to Kurt Larson and everyone who supports this fantastic program.