August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- California has long been known for its beautiful weather, lush scenery, prestigious colleges and recreational activities. Combined with the large population of both residents and visitors, it shouldn't come as a surprise that drunk driving in our state is a leading cause of accidents, injuries and deaths.
Orange County is no exception, with its reputation as a popular tourist spot.
The Century Council says that in 2011, there were a staggering 104,354 DUI arrests in California. Despite the large number, alcohol-related crash fatalities are still down 34 percent from ten years ago. But even with the decreased number of drunk driving deaths, underage drinking continues to be a problem in California.
California underage DUI laws
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, California law enforces a zero tolerance policy on underage drinkers, which will result in a DUI charge if any minor is caught with a blood alcohol content of .01 percent or greater. Additionally, underage purchase or possession of alcohol will result in driver's license suspension or revocation for a year. These laws may seem harsh, but are designed to protect minors and others from the dangers of underage drinking and driving.
The consequences of underage drinking and driving
Getting hit with a DUI can result in penalties that many young people might not have expected. The National Organizations for Youth Safety say that not only can receiving a DUI result in the loss of a driver's license, but other consequences include expensive fines and court fees, possible job loss and even jail. Also, being arrested on a DUI can be embarrassing and humiliating for those involved. Young people can even run into problems being accepted for college or scholarships as a result of a DUI.
The Huffington Post says that two-thirds of high school students have admitted to trying alcohol, while a third drink regularly. There are a number of things parents can do to help their children make the right decisions about drinking:
Talk with kids about ads, TV shows, movies, news and other media when drinking and driving turns up.
Be involved in children's academic and social lives.
Be a good role model regarding drinking responsibly and never drinking and driving.
Seek help when a problem becomes too difficult to manage alone.
Studies have shown that children with parents who are more involved and open with communication, expectations and boundaries have fewer problems with underage drinking, and this in turn prevents many of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Contacting an attorney
If a minor is hit with a DUI, it can cause unexpected long-term consequences, especially if someone was hurt. If you have been impacted by underage drinking, it's important to contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. An attorney can protect the rights of those accused of underage drinking and driving, as well as advise them on what to expect during the court process.