Law Firm Teams Up with MADD for Parent Education Courses

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Martin, Harding & Mazzotti and Mothers Against Drunk Driving offer parent education course.

"Talking to teens about drinking and driving is something parents should do, but often don’t know how."
- Paul Harding

In an effort to curb underage drinking, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has joined forces with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to offer parents a course in keeping their teens safe on the roads. While students attend a 5-hour driver education course paid for by Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, parents are invited to attend a MADD course called Power of Parents, It's Your InfluenceTM. Sponsored by Nationwide Insurance and the GM Foundation, this program is a free 30-minute workshop which helps parents have the sometimes difficult, but potentially life-saving, conversation about alcohol with their children.

Each month the firm is offering two five hour pre-licensing courses required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles at its location on Troy Schenectady Road in Niskayuna for up to 10 high school students. At the same location parents of teen drivers will learn special techniques, as well, designed to keep their children safe.

"Talking to teens about drinking and driving is something parents should do, but often don’t know how," said the firm's managing partner, Paul B. Harding. "By offering local parents a course designed to teach them how to start that conversation, MADD is helping to make teens more conscious of their own safety and the safety of others."

"Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about one-third of those are alcohol-related," said Michele Fonda, Program Specialist for MADD-NY. "Research shows that education alone does not prevent risky behavior. MADD's Power of Parents program provides parents the tips about how to start and keep the conversation going in order to keep their teens safe."

This is the third year that Martin, Harding & Mazzotti has paid the fee so area high school students can take this course free of charge, and this year the firm has doubled its commitment to safety by increasing the number of classes available.

To learn more about the Power of Parents program, parents should go to http://www.1800LAW1010.com and madd.org/powerofparents.

Driver’s Ed Classes (5-9pm) and Parent Classes (8-8:30 PM) are offered on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

About Martin, Harding and Mazzotti, LLP
Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP ® is a law firm whose practice is limited to protecting the rights of those wrongfully injured as a result of negligence. If you or someone you know has been injured, call us toll free at 1800LAW1010 (1.800.529.1010). In 2010, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti expanded their operations into Western Massachusetts. Based in Albany, NY, the law firm has a storied history of actively engaging their community, including The Legal Project, an organization in which Paul Harding has taken an active role. The Legal Project is a private, non-profit organization, which provides a variety of free and low cost legal services to the working poor, victims of domestic violence and other underserved individuals in the Capital Region.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America’s roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of Power of ParentsTM to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every eight minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more about MADD-NY at http://www.madd.org or by calling 1-800-245-6233.

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