Growing into a teenager has become a major rite of passage in today’s society. By the time a teenager is 18 years old, he or she will likely have had some experience in driving a car. Unfortunately, there are far too many situations where teenagers have had too much to drink and drive. Because of underage drinking and driving, there have been too many serious injuries and deaths that have occurred.
Who Is Drinking and Driving While Under Age?
Since the early 1990’s, the number of underage drinking and driving incidents has decreased by 54 percent. However, one out of every 10 teenagers in high school will still drink and drive. Due to the lack of experience that the teenage driver has, he or she is 17 times more likely to be killed in a car accident when the blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08 percent than if he or she was not drinking at all.
As drinking alcohol greatly increases the risk for teenagers to be killed in a car accident, they are three times as likely to die in a car accident as more experienced drivers.
Even though the measures for preventing underage teenage driving have been great, there is still an estimated 2.4 million incidents per month where drinking and driving among teenagers is involved. One out of five teenagers who were killed in a car accident had some alcohol in their system, and over 80 percent of these drivers had a blood alcohol content that was higher than the legal requirement for adults.
It is illegal for adults to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, and it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 years old to drive with any trace of alcohol in his or her system.
Call an Oak Brook Criminal Defense Attorney
Being charged with underage drinking and driving is a very serious crime which can lead to undesired consequences, including loss of opportunities to further education, future employment opportunities, and overall quality of life. If you or someone you know has been accused of underage drinking and driving, it is important to seek effective legal advice. At Myers Law LLC, we understand your rights, and we will above and beyond to protect them. To schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation with our DuPage County criminal defense lawyers, please give us a call at 844-984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) to discuss your case. To further assist the needs of our clients, we are also fluent in Spanish.