Riding With Impaired Drivers
Study Shows Teens Often Ride with Impaired Drivers –
An underage DWI can destroy a young person’s future by damaging college admissions chances, limited employment options, and can even reducing chances of getting into the military. If you have a teenager who is facing a Long Island DWI charge, you need aggressive legal representation immediately. Call 888-DUI-LAWYER today to get real help with your son or daughter’s DWI case.
Teens Driving Under the Influence is a Problem
We all know that teens can be spirited and sometimes overlook dangers. They often act like they are invincible. A new study, however, may shed some light on just how serious this can be. The study from Colorado State University surveyed 2,000 teenagers who were within two years of graduating from high school. The results are disturbing.
According to the study, roughly 33% of the teens surveyed responded stating that they had gotten into a vehicle with an impaired driver at least one time over the past year. The study also reported that teens are more inclined to get into a car with a driver who is impaired by marijuana than someone impaired by alcohol.
Importantly, the study showed that teens were more likely to get into a car with a drunk or impaired friend (someone closer to their own age) than an adult who is impaired. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), young drivers are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when their blood-alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, when compared to when they have not been drinking.
NYC Underage Drunk Driving Laws
Drivers who are under the legal age to drink (21) in New York can be arrested and charged with several offenses.
With a BAC between 0.02% – 0.07%, a young person can receive a citation for per se DWI. While not a criminal infraction, this offense can still have serious consequences for things like military service, college admissions, scholarships, and job opportunities.
With a BAC of 0.08% or greater, a young driver can be charged just like an adult with DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired). A driver can receive a DWAI for alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, or any combination thereof, so long as the officer reasonably believes that he or she is impaired to the extent that driving an automobile is unsafe.
If your teen driver gets an underage per se DWI, there will be a brief period of license suspension, usually for six months. There will also be a $125 fine. Fortunately, you can usually obtain a conditional license for things like work and school. Do it again, however, and this option is off the table.
Of course, DUI penalties are much harsher once the BAC is at or above the legal limit of 0.08%. At that point, the offense is a criminal charge that carries potential jail time. While there is no minimum sentence for a first time offense, it can carry up to a one-year sentence, with heavy fines. The higher the BAC, the greater the fines and potential for jail time.
Get Help Right Away From an Experienced Long Island DUI Lawyer
Do not delay speaking to a Long Island drunk driving defense attorney. Young drivers (especially those who are legally adults), are more likely to be overconfident and speak to the police in an attempt to “explain” their way out of the situation. Young drivers may not fully appreciate the seriousness of their offense and make terrible mistakes or admissions. The sooner a Long Island DUI attorney is involved, the sooner we can protect a young person’s rights and begin reducing the damage that may be done by youthful indiscretion. Call 888-DUI-Lawyer today to talk to a Nassau County DWI lawyer.