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Underage drinking laws help protect kids from worse trouble

Authorities don't mess around when it comes to underage drinking, with severe penalties as a result.
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    January 04, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Nobody wants to see their children in trouble with the law. Being arrested for drunk driving can have lasting effects in a young person's life, especially if someone else was hurt. To protect minors from the consequences of drunk driving, and to protect others, there are strict laws in Indiana regarding underage drinking and driving.

According to, drivers under age 21 are responsible for 17 percent of fatal crashes involving alcohol in the U.S., and cause about a quarter of all car accidents. About three fourths of high school students in Indiana reported drinking alcohol at some point during their lives, and about 44 percent are currently using alcohol. Parents and educators need to be aware of the problem, in order to discourage their kids from making choices that can result in getting arrested or being involved in a drunk driving accident.

Strong laws to prevent teen drinking and driving

In 2011, there were 26 driving fatalities involving underage drinking in Indiana, and 93 underage DUI arrests, according to The Century Council. Underage drinkers can face a fine of up to $500 and lose their driver's license for up to a year, in addition to school penalties. Authorities don't mess around when it comes to underage drinking. Wish TV reported on the arrests of 21 minors at a party in Greenfield in early November. Although being arrested for underage drinking wasn't something any of the kids would have wanted, it may have prevented drunk driving accidents later that night.

Fortunately, teenage drinking and driving in the U.S. has decreased by over 50 percent since 1991, say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zero tolerance laws in every state make it illegal for people under 21 to drive with any amount of alcohol in their bodies. Because underage drivers are about 17 times more likely to be killed in a crash with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent than if they were driving sober, the decrease of teen drinking and driving is especially good news.

MADD has a few tips for parents to help their kids make safe driving decisions:
- Openly share and communicate rules and expectations with teenage drivers.
- Keep track of kids and know where they're going with friends.
- Show respect and caring not only to teens, but in everyday interactions with people.

Parents who are good role models to their kids and consistently make good driving choices can pass these habits on to their kids - preventing underage drinking problems before they even begin.

How an attorney can help

However, even when kids usually make good choices, they can be influenced by their peers and make some mistakes. DUI penalties can be expensive, but in many cases, they're not the end of the world. A drunk driving defense attorney can help teenagers and their families understand what they're facing, and make sure they're represented fairly in court.

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