Sep
20
2010

As digital entertainment has grown more portable and cellphones more powerful, the potential for driver distraction has become a serious problem.

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Sep
17
2010

The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released today. There's little good news to report.

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Sep
16
2010

Today we thanked Congressman Chris Lee (R-26) for his commitment to reducing drunk driving and underage drinking.

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Sep
16
2010

For nearly 20 years, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has developed and distributed educational resources to assist parents, youth, educators and communities nationwide in their

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Sep
14
2010

She may not get what’s wrong with sending texts in the middle of your conversation, but she needs to be told how it makes you feel

Alexandra and her mother were having a conversation.

“So, Alexandra, then I told your aunt that maybe we would be able to come and visit some time in July and she …”

“Dada dada. Dada dada,” came the first eight notes of Alexandra’s ring tone.

Alexandra immediately picked up her phone and read the message that had just been texted by her friend Danielle. Alexandra then texted a response to Danielle.

“Alexandra, I was talking to you,” her mother said.

“Yeah?”

“I was talking to you.”

“Dada dada. Dada dada,” went Alexandra’s phone again as Danielle texted her reply to Alexandra. Alexandra read it and texted a return message to her friend.

“ALEXANDRA! I was talking to you. That is so impolite.”

If anything, it has become more so. As teens have increasingly shifted to texting rather than phone conversations – which they still do as well – the sheer quantity of incoming and outgoing messages can seem staggering. A few hundred a day is not unusual. According to a U.S. study by The Nielsen Company released last year, the average American teen sends nearly 80 texts a day.

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