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An overview of underage drunk driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers face a higher risk of dying in an auto accident involving alcohol when compared to the rest of the population, even though they are not able to consume alcohol legally. Furthermore, the NHTSA reports that 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who passed away in car crashes in 2006 were under the influence of alcohol. In addition to serious injuries and death, underage drunk driving charges may result in harsh penalties for teenagers in Stamford, and across Connecticut.

When a teenager is charged with underage DUI, their world may change instantly. On top of difficulties with friends and family members, teenagers may also face license suspension, jail time and costly financial penalties. As a result, teenagers who are facing a DUI charge should carefully assess their set of circumstances and make sure they understand their legal options.

On the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, startling statistics are published which reveal how prevalent underage drunk driving really is. In face, the CDC reports that almost one million teenagers in high school operated a vehicle after consuming alcohol in 2011. Among high school students over the age of 16 who participated in a survey, one out of 10 admitted to drinking and driving in the previous 30 days. From the consequences of an underage DUI conviction to the risk of injuries and loss of life, drunk driving is a significant problem for some teenagers and teen drivers should understand the importance of never getting behind the wheel when they are intoxicated.

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