Alcohol appears to be the ‘drug of choice’ among youths. Unfortunately, many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking at an early age. Every year, approximately 5,000 young people die as a result of underage drinking.
Every year senseless tragedies happen throughout the school year, especially around graduation and prom time. Underage teens drinking and driving are committing a punishable crime, and in some cases drivers licence is suspended, hundreds of dollars in fines, also educational portion of DUI school. The more offenses made the more driving restrictions on your licence possible jail time.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:
- There are more than 10 million underage drinkers in the United States
- By age 19, 75 percent of young people are engaged in heavy drinking
- By 8th grade, two in five students have tried alcohol
- Many teenagers believe that one shot of liquor has more alcohol than a 12-ounce can of beer
- Eleven percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States is by people age 12 to 20
Thirty-two percent of drivers 16 to 20 with invalid driver licenses had
BACs at least .08
percent or higher
Furnishing alcohol to someone under 21 can lead to a heavy fine and time in jail. Selling alcohol to a minor is a Class A misdemeanor and can bring the same consequences.
Parents, be a good example for your children – don’t drink and drive. Remind them to call you if they’re ever in a bad situation and teach them never to get in a vehicle with someone who has been drinking. Underage drinking and driving ha taken enough lives in automobile accidents alone.
Underage drinking is an increasing problem within our society. If you have been injured in an automobile accident by a drunk driver, you will not know if you have a true and legitimate claim unless you take the time to talk with a Welebir | Tierney who has experience. When you are choosing a lawyer, you need to make sure that you are working with some who is the most qualified to handle your case.
We can help at Welebir | Tierney A Professional Law Corporation, We are here to discuss your legal rights and hold the responsible party fully accountable for the preventable devastation he or she caused. We prepare your case to win in court, consulting with independent medical experts and life-care specialists to tell your story.