PowerTalk 21 Day
WHEREAS, North Dakota citizens recognize the importance of parents talking with their teens about alcohol; and
WHEREAS, high school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school or believe good grades are not important; and
WHEREAS, teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all other illegal drugs combined; and
WHEREAS, the majority of kids say their parents are their primary influence when it comes to decisions about drinking alcohol; and
WHEREAS, PowerTalk 21® day, started by Mothers Against Drunk Driving® in 2011, is established on April 21, 2012, to encourage parents and caregivers to embrace their important role in influencing America’s youth and their decisions about drinking alcohol; and
WHEREAS, North Dakotans are encouraged to join in the local and national efforts to raise awareness of the importance of parents and teens talking together about alcohol in order to reduce the risks and dangers posed to teens and communities.
NOW, THEREFORE, as Governor of the State of North Dakota, I do hereby proclaim April 21, 2012, POWERTALK 21 DAY in the state of North Dakota.