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April 13, 2016
AAA PROMise Takes on Underage Impaired Driving
MADISON, Wisc. (April 13, 2016) – Prom and grad night present teenagers with significant temptations to participate in underage drinking, illegal drug use, and as a result – impaired driving. AAA PROMise, a program offered by AAA Wisconsin and The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, aims to reduce those dangers by providing high schools, teens and parents with communication tools to help prevent tragedies on those special occasions.

“One of the best ways to prevent impaired driving by teenagers is to have an open dialog between them and their parents,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA Wisconsin. “Many teens would rather take dangerous chances with their lives than get in trouble with their parents. If they can speak openly about the dangers of impaired driving and agree on a plan beforehand, it greatly increases their chance of getting home safely.”

The AAA PROMise program encourages teens and their parents to talk about the dangers of underage drinking, illegal drug use and impaired driving. This includes having a plan for a safe way home during prom and graduation season.
 

AAA PROMise for Teens:

  • I promise not to drink alcohol or take drugs.
  • I promise not to drive impaired.
  • I promise not to let my friends drive impaired.
  • I promise my parents I will get home safely.
AAA PROMise for Parents:

  • I promise to speak openly with my teen about the dangers of driving impaired.
  • I promise to complete the AAA PROMise parent-teen commitment so there is a plan for their safety on the road.
  • I promise to calmly recognize that if my teen should call me for help, he/she made the adult decision to avoid a potentially deadly situation and kept their promise.

AAA PROMise provides high schools with a free toolkit worth more than $200 that includes communication cards, victim impact videos, pledge boards, and other promotional materials to help get this important discussion started.

For more information on AAA PROMise, please visit www.AAA.com/promise . High Schools can order their free AAA PROMise toolkit by visiting www.AAAPROMise.com .
 

Contact(s):

Nick Jarmusz
phone: 608-828-2495
About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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