A former member of the US Marine Corps, Tim Salvesen, CPA, presently serves as the vice president and corporate controller of GridLiance in Illinois. Dedicated to helping others, Tim Salvesen has supported several organizations over the years, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
The largest nonprofit focused on preventing underage drinking and drunk driving, MADD recently partnered with Nationwide to highlight the important role that parents’ actions play in the decisions their children make about drinking, driving, and riding with a drunk driver. The two organizations surveyed parents about whether they talk to their children about drinking and driving and whether they drink and drive, themselves. Results of the survey were announced prior to the PowerTalk 21 Day on April 21, 2016, and detailed some interesting information.
According to the survey, 80 percent of parent respondents had talked to their kids about alcohol and about the dangers of being in a car with a drunk driver. However, one in four parents said that in the past year, they had ridden with a drunk driver, and 43 percent said that they have had a drink while at dinner and subsequently driven their children home. Past studies have shown that parents have the greatest influence over children’s decisions regarding alcohol. The results of this newest survey suggest that parents do not recognize the large impact that their own behavior has on their children’s behavior.