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As proms, graduations near, risk of underage DUI rises

In an article on what some Maryland police are doing to prepare for the upcoming prom and graduation seasons, one officer said teenagers today who drink are drinking more alcohol than the teens of the past. He said the percentage of teens drinking isn't going up - "it's the intensity with which they're drinking."

Many teens have disposable income and relatively easy access to alcohol as well.

In addition, some teen safety advocates say young people are often emulating music and media stars who endorse alcoholic beverages or tout drinking in songs or movies.  

Advocates and police officers both stress that parents can have a strong, positive effect on their kids, even if the teens might roll their eyes as the warnings about drinking and driving are being given. According to research, three out of four teenagers say that mom and dad are the biggest influences on their decisions on alcohol consumption.

For those parents whose teenager faces a charge of underage DUI, a conversation with an experienced attorney can help make legal options clear.

Source: Gazette.Net, "As prom season nears, MADD targets underage drinking," Sarah Scully, April 16, 2014

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