WHEREAS, Michigan recognizes 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 4,700 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, 2014, to encourage parents and caregivers to embrace their important role in influencing America’s youth and their decisions about drinking alcohol; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, MADD will kick off “21 Days in Support of 21,” beginning on April 1st and culminating on PowerTalk 21 on April 21st, in order to create a sustained and prolonged national conversation about underage drinking; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Monday, April 21, 2014, as PowerTalk 21 Day in Michigan.