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Under Age Drunk Driving - What Can You Do?

Dark DUI Data

63% of Americans will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lives. This will either be by the driver or another vehicle.

More than 29 million people have admitted to driving under the influence in the past year.

29% of convicted drunk driers have been convicted of a prior DUI.

The average person convicted of drunk driving is a first-time offender. However, on average the offender admits to having driven under the influence around 80 times before.

Under Age Drunk Driving

Underage drunk drivers are technically breaking two rules so their infraction is more serious. First, the consumption of liquor underage. Second, driving while intoxicated.

Specifically in Washington, underage drivers are commonly pulled over for driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board has reported the following:

• Compared to drivers over the age of 21, drivers between ages 16 to 20 are twice s likely to die in a car accident when they drive while intoxicated.

• Teenagers who begin drinking alcohol over the age of 15 are four times as likely to develop an alcohol dependence, compared to individuals who wait until age 21.

• In 2007 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed underage driving cost Washington Residents $1.4 billion in that year alone.

What Can You Do?

It is vital for parents to be the convincing teachers who talk to your own son or daughter about drunk driving dangers and correct the steps following a drunk driving accident.

As with all DUI cases it is important for teens to remember these points if they are pulled over for drunk driving.

• Respecting law enforcement is essential. Drivers are not required to incriminate themselves. They still need to be respectful and refer to law enforcement as trooper, deputy, or officer.

• Implied consent laws require drivers to complete drug or alcohol tests at the station if they are pulled over under the suspicion of DUI.

• Drivers can choose which type of chemical test they prefer (blood, breath, or both). Portable breath tests should never be taken at the scene of a traffic stop.

• Never assume that driving after drinking alcohol will be okay, even if you are going somewhere “just down the road” or if you have “only had a couple drinks”. It is always better for both teens and adults to call a friend or family member who has not consumed alcohol for a ride.

It is crucial for parents and teens to understand that bad things happen to good people. Consequences do not have to be permanent.

Contact me today if your child has been stopped for a DUI defense. I want to help you.