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Underage DUI Archives

Prom and graduation season brings teen DUIs

We're coming to the end of Alcohol Awareness Month, which coincides with the start of prom and graduation season. Both events are iconic in teens' lives. However, they're often associated with copious -- and often dangerous -- amounts of drinking. Too often, teens choose to drive when they're in no condition to, sometimes with tragic results.

Why do teens ride with drivers who are under the influence?

Even teens who don't drink and drive may risk their lives by getting into a car with someone who is driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A recently released university study reported that of 2,000 teens surveyed within two years after graduating from high school, approximately a third reported that they had ridden with an impaired driver.

Underage drunk driving is illegal under the zero tolerance law

You got behind the wheel of your car after having a few drinks since you didn't sense that you were intoxicated. When you were stopped by police at a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint, you were asked to submit take a portable breath test. While your results were far under the legal limit, they still indicated that you'd consumed alcohol earlier in the day.

DUI arrests have dropped in Georgia -- but not fatalities

The number of arrests in Georgia for driving under the influence has dropped by almost 50 percent since 2008. That amounts to nearly 50,000 fewer arrests. DUI arrests by the Atlanta Police Department (APD) have dropped by more than a quarter since 2015.

What are the consequences for using a fake ID?

Although arriving at the legal drinking age of 21 might seem like light years away, you don't want to let your sense of urgency to be able to legally purchase alcohol cloud your ability to exercise sound judgment. Just like drinking and driving, using a fake ID can have longstanding consequences for your life, especially when as it relates to putting your future livelihood at risk.

Underage drivers should be taught about the dangers of DUIs

There are many college and high school students who live in or visit Athens, Georgia (Clarke County). Some of them, unfortunately, engage in underage drinking. When they drink and drive, those students may find themselves facing DUI charges and in need of legal defense.

Simulator shows students impact of alcohol, texting on driving

With college students on spring break around the country and St. Patrick's Day coming up, Albany State University recently offered a program called Arrive Alive. It uses simulators and other tools to show college students what can happen if they are impaired or distracted while driving.

Why parents are installing ignition interlock devices in cars

Ignition interlock devices are often ordered for people who have been convicted of one or more DUIs in order for offenders to get their driver's licenses back. IIDs are essentially Breathalyzers connected to the ignition that determine whether drivers have alcohol on their breath. If they do, their vehicles won't start.