DWI/DUI: Underage Drinking And Driving
When you begin to see the back to school ads and sales in the stores, this lets you know one thing: Summer vacation is almost over. Although the summer vacation will be over for many people, there will still be some time for students to have a little fun before the first day back to school arrives.
As many students get prepared to head back to school and place their heads in the books, it will be a great idea for you to talk to your teens about drinking and driving. We are all aware that the legal age to drink is 21, but that does not stop many teens from taking a drink and getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.
As a parent, we are sure you have stressed to your children the importance of not drinking while they are teens. However, we also want you to let them know that they should not be afraid to call home if they need a ride home because they have been drinking.
When you can have an open and honest conversation with your teens, it can have a great impact on them, as well as their friends. We know that teenagers do not like to hear the same thing more than once, but you should talk to your teens about drinking and driving as much as possible.
We advise you to set rules for your teenagers and monitor them to ensure they are following the rules. If they do break one or multiple rules, it can result in a loss of their privilege to drive. Here are a few rules you may want to set for your teens to follow:
- Do not drink and drive at all.
- Do not get in a car with anyone who has been drinking.
- Give your teenager a curfew.
- Inform your teenagers that they should not use their cell phones or any other electronic devices while operating a vehicle.
- Give your teenager a limit on the number of friends they can have in the car at one time. Your teen driver should be focused at all times, and more passengers can result in distractions.
Underage drinking is a huge problem, and this can create numerous challenges for parents and schools. Not only do many times drink, but many of them also get behind the wheel of a car and attempt to drive. If you are under 21 years of age and you receive a DUI, you will have to face various consequences.
There are different charges that an underage drinker can face when he or she has been suspected of driving under the influence. Different charges can also be filed if a teenager is in possession of alcohol, as well as another serious charge if someone is injured due to the teenager’s decision.
Drinking and driving under the age of 21 can result in the suspension of a driver’s license, and you do not have to be drunk for this to happen. Yes, this means certain types of medicines that contain alcohol can be the reason why your teen has been given a DUI penalty. There is no tolerance for anyone under the age of 21 who has been suspected of being under the influence.
You can have the best intentions as a parent and still find yourself in a difficult situation. However, you should always take the right steps in defending against any of the charges your son or daughter is facing.
If your loved one has been charged with underage drinking, you should contact a drunk driving attorney. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices today to schedule a consultation.
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