August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drinking and driving is a problem that affects many Philadelphia drivers, and often starts before the driver is of legal age to drink. A DUI is a severe penalty that negatively impacts anyone, but can have especially devastating consequences
for minors. Many of them aren't able to appreciate the dangers that drinking and driving presents, or the legal ramifications that can follow being arrested on DUI charges. This is why it's important for young drivers to have good legal representation after being charged with a DUI.
According to The Century Council, deaths caused by drunk drivers under the age of 21 have fallen 45 percent over the past ten years. This is good news, but at least three minors are still killed every day in accidents involving alcohol.
The prevalence of underage drinking and driving
According to UnderageDrinkingFacts.com, minors arrested for drunk driving face more consequences than those over the age of 21. In addition to drunk driving charges, they can also be charged for underage possession of alcohol.
HelpGuide.org says that teenagers are more likely than adults to make impulsive decisions. And contrary to popular belief, underage drinking isn't limited mainly to college kids, but is widespread among young people of all ages.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that studies show there are fewer accidents caused by underage drinking when parents set and enforce rules, businesses take responsibility for not selling alcohol to minors and authorities enforce zero tolerance practices regarding underage drinking.
Immediate and long-term consequences
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, underage drinking has many consequences, including alcohol abuse and addiction, family problems, impaired brain development and decision making, violence, traffic deaths, injuries and arrests. Parents can do their part to prevent many of these problems before a DUI arrest by:
Setting clear rules and consequences regarding drinking and driving
Being up front about any family history, including alcoholism
Finding out about friends and activities
Controlling emotions during difficult discussions
By being honest and respectful while talking about drinking and driving, parents can form a bond of trust with their children that may keep them from making the decision to drink and drive.
Contacting an attorney
Even after taking precautions and keeping lines of communication open, some teenagers will still make the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking. If a minor is arrested for drunk driving, it's important to speak with an attorney with experience in drunk driving cases. This will not only help families understand the charges that they may be facing, but may help young drivers negotiate better terms in court.