NC ABC Commission Announces NC Driver & Traffic Safety Association as New “Talk It Out” Statewide Partner

Association Joins Effort to Share Anti-Underage Drinking Message

The NC ABC Commission is pleased to announce that the NC Driver & Traffic Safety Association is now a statewide partner for its “Talk It Out” campaign. The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the issue of underage drinking in North Carolina and to give parents the tools they need to talk with their kids about the dangers of underage drinking.

Statewide partners with the campaign include representatives from the education and medical communities, as well as first responders and law enforcement.

“Our statewide partners are critical in helping to spread our message and in getting the resources we offer into the hands of those who can best use them,” said Hope Walker, Director, Program Development and Strategic Partnerships, NC Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking. “We are proud to partner with the NC Driver & Traffic Safety Association in working to achieve our shared goal of saving teenage lives by reducing underage drinking.”

The Association recently announced its partnership with the NC ABC Commission during its annual NC Drivers Teacher Safety Education Conference in Clemmons. As part of the conference, the Commission shared its new resource toolkit, which provides community leaders with everything they need to lead a successful and effective meeting about underage drinking in North Carolina. Driver Education teachers throughout the state plan to use the commercials and video included in the toolkit in their classrooms.

“Driver Education is a life-long learning process for the novice teen driver,” said Connie Sessoms, Executive Secretary of the North Carolina Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. “North Carolina has a core of committed and engaged Driver Education teachers who receive students where they are and elevate them to the next level of their driving experience.  Our teachers are proud to partner with the “Talk It Out” initiative. We will utilize this initiative as another way to engage our students in the life-long learning process.”

To access the new Talk It Out Presentation Toolkit and other campaign resources, visit


North Carolina is one of 17 states to regulate alcohol through a control system. Since 1937, the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has provided regulation and control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state of North Carolina. The Commission oversees permits allowing alcohol sales by more than 18,000 retail outlets across the state.